By Rick Ritter

ESSEX, Md. (WJZ) — Deadly hit and run. A family is left searching for answers after a woman is killed in Essex. It happened on Eastern Boulevard and Virginia Avenue early Monday morning.

Rick Ritter has the latest on the search for the driver.

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Investigators tracked down the car in Baltimore City, but the driver was nowhere to be found.

One bag of evidence after the other, the hunt continues for the driver behind a deadly hit and run in Essex —  a scene witnesses describe as heart-wrenching.

“It just breaks my heart that someone could be so cold and not stop,” said Brittney Wyatt.

The call came in around 5:30 a.m. Monday. Police found a woman critically injured at Virginia Avenue and Eastern Boulevard — left in the middle of the street.

“She was declared deceased at the scene,” said Cpl. John Wachter, Baltimore County Police Department.

Investigators say she was struck by a white Nissan Murano, which quickly fled westbound on Eastern Boulevard.

Hours later, the SUV was found in the city, but with no driver.

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Witnesses tell WJZ the victim landed at least 40 yards away from where she was struck.

“It just broke my heart. That’s so sad,” said Wyatt.

Brittney Wyatt works at the Essex Diner — right where the accident unfolded.

“I was putting butters on the table and then I noticed police officers across the street and there was someone laying down on the ground,” she said.

Police are still working to find surveillance video in the area, urging the driver to come forward.

“It’s better than having us come find you,” said Wachter. “And we will find this person.”

Investigators aren’t saying where the car was found in Baltimore City. They’re urging anyone with any information on the crash to call police at 410-307-2020.

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Westbound lanes along Eastern Boulevard were closed for most of the morning, causing heavy delays in the area.

Rick Ritter