SUV that killed woman and her dog on sidewalk was stolen

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The SUV that struck and killed a woman as she ran with her dog on a sidewalk in South Carolina was stolen. authorities said.

Everyone in the SUV ran away before police arrived at the scene of the wreck Saturday in a Greenville neighborhood, investigators said.

Police are questioning someone in the theft of the SUV and are awaiting testing on evidence and what they find with search warrants to determine if that person was driving the SUV, Greenville spokesperson Beth Brotherton told media outlets.

Brittany Langley Lawson, 38, and her dog both died shortly after they were struck around 7:15 a.m. Saturday on Augusta Street, Greenville County Coroner Parks Evans said.

The SUV crossed two lanes of traffic before jumping the curb and hitting Lawson, Evans said in a statement.

The wreck happened on a narrow stretch of four-lane road with a speed limit of 30 mph (48 kph).

Traffic engineers with the city and state are meeting this week to talk about safety improvements for both pedestrians and drivers, Brotherton said.

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