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Woman killed in hit-and-run

A 66-year-old woman from Daly City, Calif., was killed Sunday night by a hit-and-run driver.

Gia Orbeta was found injured and unconscious by a pedestrian around 9:30 p.m. on a sidewalk beside U.S. Highway 50 just west of Pioneer Trail. Police and paramedics tried to revive Orbeta at the scene but she was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to Barton Memorial Hospital.

Investigators said Orbeta had a visible head injury. Automobile debris was found near Orbeta. Police are trying to track down a 1997 or newer Jeep Cherokee with right front end damage.

Orbeta was described as 4 feet 11 inches tall, 120 pounds, short chestnut brown hair, wearing a dark blue corduroy jacket and gray stoned-washed denim jeans.

“My belief was that the car was doing the speed limit or slower,” said South Lake Tahoe Police Sgt. Les Scott. “(Orbeta) was most likely walking in the roadway and the driver did not see her.

“This hit-and-run is just baffling. It doesn’t make sense. … We would like to talk to this person.”

Orbeta was visiting South Lake Tahoe with several relatives who had dropped the 66-year-old off at the Stateline casinos early Sunday night, investigators said.

Orbeta’s family members reported her missing to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 3:15 a.m. Once South Lake Tahoe police learned of the report they were able to identify Orbeta.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the police department at (530) 542-6100 or Secret Witness at (530) 541-6800.

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