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Woman crossing street in Riverside struck and killed by police vehicle

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A Riverside Police cruiser

A 57-year-old woman crossing a street in Riverside was struck and killed Sunday morning by a marked police vehicle, authorities said.

Isabel Pablo was hit in the intersection of Madison Street and Emerald Street at about 7:45 a.m. Sunday, according to a report by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.

She was transported to Riverside Community Hospital, where she was listed in serious condition, NBC reports. She died that evening, about 12 hours after being struck.

According to a statement issued by the Riverside Police Department, the car was being driven by an on-duty police officer heading north on Madison. The statement also suggests that Pablo was jaywalking when she was hit.

“As the officer approached the intersection at Emerald Street, a female pedestrian attempted to cross, walking west from the east roadway edge of Madison Street,” the statement reads. “The patrol unit collided with the pedestrian, as she walked briskly outside of the crosswalk.”

It was not immediately clear whether the police car was in a high-speed pursuit when it struck Pablo -- or whether police believe Pablo stepped right in front of the oncoming car.

The coroner’s report states only: “Pedestrian struck by a marked Riverside Police Department patrol vehicle, investigation ongoing.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Riverside investigators at (951) 826-8722.

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