Police looking for driver who hit bicyclist
MONROE - The driver of the truck that struck and killed a bicyclist at the intersection of Old Owen Road and U.S. 2 late last month has yet to be identified. The truck hasn’t been recovered either.
On Dec. 26 around 7:30 p.m. Debbrah Marie Pesce, 53, was hit by a driver of a pickup truck who fled the scene. She was transferred to Valley General Hospital with severe head trauma and pronounced dead shortly after arriving.
According to witness reports, police are looking for a light-colored 1990s Ford F-series with a green or blue stripe on the side.
Pesce was stopped on her bicycle on U.S. 2 heading east at Old Owen Road when she was hit, according to police reports. Witnesses told police that the truck, also stopped at the intersection, was “revving its engine,” went around another vehicle and struck Pesce and then fled the scene.
Pesce was hit by two other vehicles traveling through the intersection. Drivers of those two vehicles stayed at the scene to wait for police.
Washington State Patrol is assisting Monroe police with the investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or have additional information about the pickup, to call the Monroe Police Department at 360-794-6300 or its anonymous tip line at 360-863-4600.
“We always have hope,” said Monroe police spokeswoman Debbie Willis of finding the driver. “We just want to talk to this person.”
Willis said several tips have been called into the Police Department, but “nothing’s panned out.”
Friends of the woman say she was going through a rough period of her life but was starting to turn her life around, according to media reports. Pesce had recently been homeless and living out of her car, but had just started living at the Brookside Motel. But when her car broke down, she started riding the bicycle she was killed on.
Police reports indicate she was not wearing a helmet.
Willis said the only piece of evidence the department has, besides witness reports, is a picture that was snapped of the vehicle prior to the collision from a business west of the intersection.
“It left the scene and continued eastbound, but where it ended up, we just don’t know,” Willis said.
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