Woman killed in hit-and-run near Prescott Country Club

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities in north-central Arizona say they are investigating a hit-and-run accident that killed a 70-year-old woman.

Yavapai County Sheriff's officials say the woman is believed to be a Prescott Country Club resident, but her name is being withheld until relatives can be notified.

Deputies were called to the scene about 6:30 a.m. Monday after a dead body was discovered in the roadway near the country club.

They believe the woman had been hit by a vehicle.

Luggage belonging to the victim was found near her body and investigators say it appears she was heading to the Maverick Country Store on Highway 69 to catch shuttle transportation. It is believed the vehicle was traveling west on Old Chisholm Trail when the victim was struck. 

Deputies spoke to a resident in the vicinity of the incident who remembered hearing a "thud" sound just after 6 a.m. The resident then saw a vehicle with round headlights pull into his driveway, back out, and leave in the opposite direction.

Authorities are trying to locate any possible witnesses to the fatal hit-and-run and any information on the vehicle and driver involved.

The name of the victim will be released once next of kin notification has been completed. 

Detectives continue to gather evidence from the scene and are requesting anyone with information regarding the fatality to call the Sheriff's Office at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232.