The Driver of this Jetta in D.C. killed a pedestrian and fled, now police are asking for help identifying the owner

WASHINGTON, DC – Does your neighbor have a red Volkswagen Jetta with front-end damage?  Have you seen a red Jetta driving around the D.C. area in recent days with front end damage? If so, the D.C. police would like to know more.

Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit are investigating a traffic fatality resulting from a traffic crash that occurred on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, in the 1500 block of Eastern Avenue, Northeast.

The preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 10:37 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a pedestrian struck. Upon arrival, members located an adult female victim, unconscious and unresponsive, in the far right, westbound lanes of the listed location. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and after finding no signs consistent with life, the victim was pronounced dead. The striking vehicle in this case can be described as red in color, possibly being a Volkswagen Jetta.

The decedent has been identified as 55 year-old Juanita McDowney, of Southeast, DC.

The vehicle of interest (pictured below) is described as red in color, possibly being a Volkswagen Jetta.

Anyone who can identify this vehicle, or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.