Police investigate mysterious fatal hit and run in Milpitas

MILPITAS, Calif. (KTVU) – A woman's body was found behind a burning car on a quiet Milpitas residential street early Wednesday – a victim of a hit-and-run accident a half-of-a-mile away, authorities said.

Milpitas police were still trying to piece together the exact sequence of how the crash occurred.

According to police, a member of the garbage collection crew called 911 to report a car had collided with their truck on Milpitas Boulevard near Jacklin at 3:30 a.m.

The caller said the car had sped away.

During their search for the vehicle, Milpitas police officers discovered the car engulfed in flames on Coyote Street – a half-of-a-mile from the collision scene.

Behind the car, officers discovered the body of a badly injured woman who was declared dead at the scene a short time later.

Investigators were trying to determine if the woman was the sole occupant of the car. Her identity has not been released.

"We really don't know how many occupants may have been in the vehicle," Milpitas Police Lt. Kevin Moscuzza said. "Right now, we are only aware of their being one occupant."

No one on the garbage collection crew was injured in the crash.

Investigators were still trying to determine who was at fault in the original collision with crime units collecting evidence at both scenes.