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Woman killed in City Heights after apparent intentional hit-and-run identified

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/CNS) - Authorities released the name Friday of a 29-year-old woman who was beaten and then fatally run down by a car -- apparently on purpose -- during a brawl in a City Heights alley.

Patrol officers responding to reports of a disturbance and hit-and-run injury in the access road off the 4100 block of Wilson Avenue shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday found Jasmine Ruiz of San Diego mortally injured underneath a damaged and unoccupied 1993 Toyota Camry, according to police.

Ruiz died at the scene, despite medics' attempts to resuscitate her. Due to the circumstances of the fatality, her death is being investigated as a murder, Lt. Manny Del Toro said.

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Witnesses heard arguing just prior to the crash and saw a pair of men and a bloodied woman running out of the alley, the latter fleeing in a different direction from the other two, Del Toro said.

Those people's identities, their relationships to the victim, if any, and their roles in the incident are unclear. The reason for the dispute also is unknown, the lieutenant said.

Detectives found blood on the ground in the alley and on the vehicle, which had dragged Ruiz underneath it for 10 or 12 feet before smashing to a stop into a telephone pole, Del Toro said.

Police believe that Ruiz, a one-time National City resident who was staying with a friend in the area and had borrowed the Camry, either had just arrived in the alley in the car when the fracas broke out or was about to go somewhere in it.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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