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Family wants hit-and-run driver to come forward

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The search is on Sunday for the driver that struck and killed a woman in Rancho Bernardo last night. 

The 62-year-old was walking on the sidewalk with her husband near the intersection of Rancho Bernardo Road and Bernardo Center Drive just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday when a car jumped the curb and hit her.

"That's all my dad has is my mom. That's what they lived for," Boian Spassov said. 

Boian Spassov is still in disbelief at the loss of his mother Anouchka "Annie" Mihaylova.  

"My mom was a very smart and caring person. She always put herself last. She always put other people first," Spassov said. 

In fact, working to save lives was her livelihood. The 62-year-old scientist was researching the artificial heart at UCSD.

"The just wanted to help people. It just was not right," Spassov said. 

Annie was killed Saturday night when a car jumped the curb near the intersection of Rancho Bernardo Road and Bernardo Center Drive, hitting her and then speeding off. Ty Cervantes was nearby and tried to find a pulse and perform chest CPR.

"It was very faint. But I could feel it. And I started on her right away and I didn't stop until help arrived," Cervantes said. 

"Right now we're looking for a silver sedan type vehicle. If anybody sees that type of vehicle with some major front end damage please call the San Diego PD," San Diego police Lt. Paul Rorrison said. 

Annie and her husband came here from Bulgaria with Boian 16 years ago. They had built a good life and the topic of conversation at Saturday night's dinner was what to do in retirement.

"You know just...took away half of my family and I don't know who that person is," Spassov said. 

And that's makes this tragedy all the more unbearable.

"It's just...why. Why'd you run away? I never understood that...just a coward thing to do...would love to get some closure," Spassov said. 
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