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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested in 1987 hit-and-run accident that killed Roseville pedestrian?

Q: Ruth Lewis was hit by a car when she was walking home from Jackpot Market on Atlantic Street in Roseville around 1985 and died from her injuries. Did they ever catch the hit-and-run driver?

Karen, Roseville

A: No arrests were reported in the hit-and-run accident, which occurred Dec. 18, 1987.

Ruth May Lewis, 62, was hospitalized and died two months later, in February 1988. According to a story in The Sacramento Bee, she never regained consciousness enough to tell police about the accident.

Witnesses said Lewis was in the crosswalk on Atlantic Street when she was hit. The driver apparently saw her just before reaching the intersection, hit the brakes and skidded sideways into her. The driver regained control of the car and drove off, witnesses said.

Police said at the time that the only information they had was that the car was a white 1975 to 1978 two-door hatchback, possibly a Toyota or Datsun.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.