Victim of deadly hit-and-run identified

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Authorities have identified a woman killed in a hit-and-run accident early Wednesday morning as Creighton University student Vindhya Puttagunta, 20, of Folsom, Calif.

Creighton President, Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, tweeted Wednesday, "I am saddened to share that College of Nursing student Vindhya Puttagunta has died after being struck by a car early this morning. Please pray for her and her family during this difficult time."

The accident happened shortly after 1 a.m. near 27th Avenue and Burt Street.

Investigators said Puttagunta was with a male who sat down on a retaining wall. Police said that Puttagunta tried to get his attention by lying down in the middle of Burt Street. She was hit by a dark sedan traveling east on Burt. The driver continued east and turned south onto 24th Street.

Puttagunta was taken to the hospital with CPR in progress. She died shortly after arriving.

Burt Street was blocked off from 25th Avenue to 30th Street as police investigated but it reopened by 4:30 a.m.

A prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Church. Counselors and Mission and Ministry staff will be available at the service.

Police continue the search for the run driver. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Omaha Police Accident Squad at 402 444-5626 or Crime Stoppers at 402 444-STOP.