By Marc Thompson

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Police are investigating after a woman killed in a hit-and-run in East Sacramento early Friday morning.

On Friday evening, police found a car with damage on the front at 36th and Brethert Court, about 12 blocks away from the crime scene this morning. Police confirmed the vehicle was the one involved in the hit and run.

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The incident happened near Folsom Boulevard and 46th Street. Sacramento Police believe the woman was struck around 4 a.m., Friday, although they weren’t called to the scene until 6 a.m.

Police say she was walking east on Folsom, most likely in the bike lane when she was hit by a vehicle traveling the same direction near 46th Street. The driver drove away from the scene.

Christine Chapman says her dogs first heard the commotion and started barking. When she went out to investigate she discovered the woman’s body on the sidewalk just outside her home.

“I saw the blood and didn’t know if that had happened because she fell or what,” Chapman said.

Chapman assumed the woman was homeless but had no idea she was dead.

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“I touched to see because a lot of times they will go to sleep,” she said. “And the person was cold so I just called 911.”

Eamon Newton also lives on Folsom Boulevard and says people tend to speed along this stretch of the road especially early before traffic.

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“I woke up and my son saw all of the commotion, so it was a pretty sad way to start the day,” he said.

Residents say they recognize the victim as a homeless woman who often walks in the area.

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“It’s just sad because there is a lot of homeless traffic in this area here and this is not a safe area to be crossing or walking in the dark,” Chapman said.

Chapman says she even allowed the woman to sleep on her back deck from time to time to escape the cold.

“I just felt really bad that she was laying there and I didn’t know how long. It’s such a sad situation,” she said.

Sacramento Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the hit and run to come forward.

They are withholding the name of the victim until they track down her family.

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Folsom Boulevard was closed between 44th and 48th streets through the morning.