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Vallejo jogger killed by car identified

The Solano County coroner’s office has identified a pedestrian who died when she was hit by a vehicle in Vallejo Tuesday¬†morning as 23-year-old Rita Caballero-Orta.

Caballero-Orta, a Vallejo resident, was crossing Curtola Parkway around 6 a.m. when she was struck by a 2010 Dodge Charger that was traveling east in the far left lane of Curtola Parkway at Marin Street, Vallejo police Sgt. Michael Nichelini said.

The driver, a Vallejo man, said he felt his car hit something and realized it was a pedestrian, Nichelini said. The driver, whose name was not provided by police, stopped at the scene. He was interviewed at police headquarters and was then released, Nichelini said. Speeding or distracted driving are not believed to be factors in the crash, Nichelini said.

Caballero left a nearby residence to go for a jog when she was struck. Police are still investigating whether she was struck in a crosswalk, Nichelini said.

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