Woman critical after hit-and-run; police looking for SUV driver

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Sharetta Newton was walking in the bike lane when she was struck by an SUV By Jennifer Thomas Sharetta Newton was walking in the bike lane when she was struck by an SUV By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Police Department is asking for the public's help to track down the driver of an SUV that fled the scene of a hit-and-run Saturday night.

According to police, Sharetta Newton, 33, was walking in the bike lane on westbound Camelback Road at 49th Street at 11:30 p.m. when she was hit and seriously injured by an SUV.

Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said the SUV was traveling in the same direction as the victim and witnesses saw the vehicle flee the scene heading westbound on Camelback Road.

Crump said the vehicle's passenger-side mirror was torn off during the collision and there may be more damage to that side of the SUV.

The suspect vehicle is described as a larger-style black SUV, possibly an Escalade, Excursion or Explorer.

Crump said that one witness reported the license plate may have been white, possibly a University of Arizona collegiate plate, with the number 4 or 6 in the combination.

Newton remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-W-I-T-N-E-S-S.