UPDATE: Woman killed in Dog Bar Road wreck ID’d as Heather Stoddard, 40, of Grass Valley | TheUnion.com

UPDATE: Woman killed in Dog Bar Road wreck ID’d as Heather Stoddard, 40, of Grass Valley

UPDATE at 1:22 p.m.:

Authorities have identified the woman killed in the Dog Bar Road wreck as Heather Stoddard, 40, of Grass Valley. The cause of death is blunt force injuries. The manner of her death is accidental.

UPDATE at 8:37 a.m. April 18:

The woman who died Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle wreck on Dog Bar Road was involved in a hit-and-run collision prior to the fatal crash, the California Highway Patrol said.

The driver, who hasn’t been named by authorities, was driving a black Toyota SUV recklessly as she sped south on Dog Bar Road around 6:20 p.m. She lost control of the SUV near Norvin Way, left the road and struck a traffic sign. The vehicle then went down an embankment, hit a tree and began overturning. The driver was ejected, a release states.

Authorities said the driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Alcohol appears to be a factor in the wreck.

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The investigation is ongoing.

Initially posted:

One dead after ejection on Dog Bar Road

Emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision with at least one person ejected into the roadway at Dog Bar Road and Norvin Way just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Upon arriving at the scene, EMTs administered CPR to one subject, while the scene was searched for other victims.

By 6:45 p.m. responders from the scene confirmed that one person had died.

The identities of the victim will be released pending notification of first of kin.

— The Union staff

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