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Friends raise enough money to send woman's remains home after being killed on Blanco in hit and run

Reward being offered for information

Blanco Rd hit and run update

SALINAS, Calif. - It's been over a week since a women was left lying in the road, dying after being run over on Blanco in Salinas.

44-year-old Michele Lightcap recently moved to the Central Coast from Pennsylvania. She was hit by a vehicle while crossing Blanco in Salinas over a week ago. Friend and roommate Jennifer Barrett was the last person to speak with her.

"I was texting with Michelle about whether or not she wanted me to pick her up, she let me know she was okay and wanted to walk," said Barrett.

Just a few blocks from home, that was the last time they ever spoke.

"I fell asleep and woke up at 10:00 p.m. and realized she wasn't home yet and went into a panic that something was wrong," said Barrett.

According to the Salinas Police Department they have some leads they're following up on, but no arrests have been made.

“If anyone knows of a car that has recent damage or they heard anything or anything that looks out of the ordinary give that information, it might help," said friend Traci Britt.

Michelle's family and friends still live in Pennsylvania you can find the names of those closest to her covering the memorial on Blanco.

"She was just an amazing person with a big heart and always willing to help anybody," said Britt.

It is now Jennifer and Traci’s turn to help. Through crowd funding they raised enough money to send her remains back to Pennsylvania.

"Her family did not know how they were going to get her home. And the awesome folks at Struve and Laporte, Bob Struve to be exact said I will help you get her home. So we raised enough money from folks in the city, friends, from family in Pennsylvania,” said Barrett.

Michelle’s remains are expected to be home next week and a reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. 


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