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Glendale police looking for suspect in deadly hit-and-run incident

Hit and Run 71st and Missouri avenues
Posted at 5:55 PM, Feb 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-17 09:31:12-05

GLENDALE, AZ — Glendale police are seeking the public's helping finding the driver responsible for hitting and killing 45-year-old Juana Hernandez-Diaz last week.

According to police, Hernandez-Diaz was walking in the crosswalk with her three children near 71st and Missouri avenues around 6:30 p.m. when she was hit.

"We don't know why the person didn't stick around, but we do know when these cases happen, there's some signs people can help us look for," said Sergeant Jamie Rothschild with Silent Witness.

Specifically, detectives are looking for a dark blue 2006 - 2009 Lexus ES350, with a broken driver side headlight and likely hood and bumper damage.

"Children had to endure this horrible scene, but we want to at least give them the gift of justice. We know we can't bring their mother back, but we want to make an arrest so we can at least give them the gift of knowing that person is not out on the street," said Rothschild.

If you have any information, you're asked to call 480-WITNESS or visit