Police identified the pedestrian killed in Hermiston early Saturday morning as Antonia “Toni” M. Cobarubias, 41, of Hermiston.
Oregon State Police and other emergency personnel at 2:30 a.m. responded to a pedestrian who had been hit by a car on Highway 395 near Sherrell Chevrolet. According to a news release from state police, the preliminary investigation revealed Cobarubias was pushing a shopping cart northbound when a red car struck her from behind, causing her to sustain fatal injuries.
While the driver of the car did not stop, state police recovered pieces of the vehicle.
OSP’s original news release stated that the vehicle was likely a 1996 to 2000 Honda, possibly a Civic model, with aftermarket features and effects. However, on Sunday the police stated that information from the public indicated it was more likely a 1994-2001 Acura Integra. It is missing a passenger side mirror and bumper.
Oregon State Police is asking anyone with information regarding this deadly hit-and-run to contact the agency by dialing *OSP. They did not have any new information to release about the case Monday afternoon, other than to say that it continues to be under investigation.
On Sunday, Desert Rose Ministries, a Hermiston nonprofit that offers services to homeless residents in the area, posted on Facebook photos of Cobarubias being baptized in a swimming pool, captioned, “Thank you Lord for the opportunity you gave us to love on Toni.”
Irrigon hit and run
Irrigon also had a hit and run case on Saturday.
The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday evening that at approximately 8:40 p.m. that night a child was struck by a vehicle on Highway 730 between Division and Southeast Seventh streets.
Melissa Ross, public information officer for MCSO, said the 2-year-old child was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston and then transferred to a Portland-area hospital.
Anyone who has information about the Irrigon hit and run should contact the sheriff’s office at 541-676-5317 and reference case number 19-0692 for Sgt. Nathen Braun.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of the victim’s name.