Paula Vinsky identified by friend as deadly hit and run victim in Loxahatchee

UPDATE FROM PBSO: Investigators from the Vehicle Homicide Investigations Unit believe the vehicle that struck Paula Vinsky is a Jeep Liberty (model years 2003 – 2006).  The color is Atlantic blue pearl. The vehicle should have damage to the right front grill around the passenger headlight.  The headlight may also be cracked.

The vehicle may be frequenting the Loxahatchee area.

If you have any information regarding this vehicle, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

EARLIER STORY:

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. -- Deputies with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office are searching for the driver who hit and killed a female pedestrian on Wednesday night.

A friend identified the victim as Paula Vinsky.

Investigators said Vinsky was walking south in the southbound lane of Calamondin Bouldevard around 9:00 p.m. when a vehicle hit the woman from the back.

PBSO said the woman was found in the grass and later died on scene.

Investigators believe the driver fled the scene and failed to render aid to the woman who died.

"Of course I have to think about all the families that live here. We're like one family, we're concerned about everybody," said Ukley Young, a nearby resident.

PBSO is looking for a blue SUV that has visible damage to the front of the vehicle. Authorities also said it is possible the driver hit the woman and did not realize it due to the dark conditions.

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