PCSO IDs hit-and-run victim killed on Hunt Highway

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The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is trying to determine if a Johnson Utilities truck hit and killed a woman whose body was found off Hunt Highway Thursday morning. 

PCSO spokeswoman Navideh Forghani on Friday released the victim's name -- Des Ray S. Lara, 24, of Florence.

The accident happened between Johnson Ranch Boulevard and Thistle Trail around 1 a.m.

Then, around 7 a.m. Thursday, two people called PCSO after discovering Lara's body near Hunt Highway and Johnson Ranch.

One of the callers was a Johnson Utilities employee, according to PCSO.

PCSO says evidence gathered at the scene helped lead deputies to identify the driver as a different Johnson Utilities employee, who was driving his work vehicle at the time of the accident.

According to PCSO, the suspect had texted his supervisor claiming he hit a barricade and had some damage to the vehicle.

Lara was seen at the Copper Basin Chevron buying coffee right before she was killed.

PCSO says Johnson Utilities has fully cooperated in this ongoing investigation.

The company released the following statement:

Our company is saddened by the loss of life which has occurred, and we are in full cooperation with the authorities.  At this time, we do not have any further information other than what has been provided to us by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.   

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