Police seek driver, missing dog after fatal hit-and-run in Phoenix

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Cynthia Hardee was walking a white long-legged Chihuahua named Angel when she was hit by a pickup truck on Feb. 6. The suspect and dog have not been located. By Jennifer Thomas Cynthia Hardee was walking a white long-legged Chihuahua named Angel when she was hit by a pickup truck on Feb. 6. The suspect and dog have not been located. By Jennifer Thomas
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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are asking for the public's help to locate the driver of a pickup truck that hit and killed a woman who was out walking a friend's dog earlier this month.

Sgt. Vince Lewis said Cynthia Hardee, 66, was struck by a dark blue Chevy Silverado with a toolbox in the bed while in the crosswalk of 39th Avenue and McDowell Road at around 8:20 p.m. on Feb. 6.

Hardee died at a local hospital.

Lewis said the suspect drove to a parking lot nearby, parked for a brief moment, then fled the area and has not been located. He is described as a white male with a shaved head or bald and a goatee.

"If you have your wits about you and you strike a person, I would hope that you would say," Lewis said.

The white long-legged Chihuahua that Hardee was walking has not yet been located. The dog answers to the name Magic.

Cathy Cologna said the dog belongs to her sister, who had been friends with Hardee for 25 years.

"We are asking for assistance with locating the suspect in this tragedy in order to bring resolution as well as return this lost animal to his family," Lewis said in a media release.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run or the whereabouts of Magic is asked to contact Phoenix police or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. Callers may remain anonymous and could receive a reward of up to $1,000.

"Help in any way you can because it's very heartbreaking to have your best friend, your family member, die in a situation like this," Cologna said.