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Motorcyclist, 26, dies after hit-and-run in Pocket area

Elise Eastman, pictured with her boyfriend, Joel Romo.
Elise Eastman, pictured with her boyfriend, Joel Romo. Courtesy Joel Romo.

A 26-year-old motorcyclist struck down in a hit-and-run collision Friday night in the Pocket area has died, according to records from the Sacramento County coroner’s office.

The motorcyclist was identified as Elise Eastman, a personal trainer who was returning home from a quick trip to a neighborhood gym. She died Sunday, two days after being hit by a silver sedan that was pulling out of a driveway in the 7200 block of Gloria Drive.

Sacramento police spokesman Officer Matthew McPhail said Monday the investigation into the crash was continuing and that no arrests had been made.

The sedan has been described as a late-model sedan, possibly Honda or Hyundai, which may have been damaged on the driver’s side.

“We’re still encouraging people to come forward,” McPhail said.

Joel Romo, 30, said Eastman was his girlfriend and that the two lived together in Greenhaven and were planning to begin house-hunting so they could get married.

“I met her when she was 19 down in her hometown of Merced at a gym,” Romo said in a telephone interview Monday. “We both competed in bodybuilding.”

Romo described Eastman as “the best woman I’ve ever known,” and said she was a personal trainer who worked out of two gyms.

“She was very professional, and she always wanted to do things the right way,” he said.

Romo said his birthday was Friday and that he was following his Labor Day tradition of heading out for a camping trip when an acquaintance called and told him about the crash.

Eastman normally would have been home and in bed by around 9:45 p.m., the approximate time of the crash, Romo said, but she wanted to squeeze in time for a workout for herself.

“She just zipped over there really quick to get a workout,” he said.

Police ask anyone with information to call the department’s Hit-and-Run Tip line at 916-808-6030, police dispatch at 916-264-5471 or Crime Alert at 916-443-HELP (4357). Anonymous tips also can be submitted using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app, police said.

Marjie Lundstrom: 916-321-1055, @MarjieLundstrom

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