Marysville woman killed by hit-and-run driver

TULALIP — Police on Wednesday continued to search for an apparent hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a Marysville woman.

Snohomish County sheriff’s detectives didn’t have any information about the vehicle involved in the early morning death. They spent several hours at the scene, collecting evidence and taking measurements along the road.

Detectives recovered a gas can at the scene. They also hauled off a motorcycle that was parked on the west side of 34th Avenue NE, south of the scene. It’s unclear if the motorcycle or gas can are somehow connected to the incident, Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said.

Investigators on Wednesday were asking for the public’s help to find the driver or provide any details about the hit-and-run accident.

The woman, 56, was discovered about 6:40 a.m. by a man driving southbound on I-5, Hover said. The woman was lying in a grassy area near a barbed wire fence between 34th Avenue NE and the freeway.

The woman died at the scene, Hover said.

Detectives believe the woman was walking north on 34th Avenue NE near the east shoulder of the road, her back to traffic, when she was struck, Hover said.

The hit-and-run occurred just south of Suburban Propane. Detectives don’t know what direction the vehicle was traveling when it struck the woman, Hover said.

The road parallels the freeway. There are no sidewalks. The speed limit is 50 mph along that stretch.

A roundabout was recently installed to slow traffic near where the woman was found, Tulalip Tribal Police Chief Scott Smith said.

Investigators believe the crash happened sometime between 4:45 and 6:40 a.m. On Wednesday they didn’t know why the woman was walking along the road at that time of the morning.

It may have been dark at the time of the hit-and-run accident. Sunrise was at 6:44 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office didn’t release the woman’s name Wednesday. The medical examiner is expected to determine how she died.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s tip line at 425-388-3845.

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