ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police have released a photo of a vehicle they believe was involved in an early morning hit and run that claimed the life of a woman on Friday.


The vehicle shown in the photo is described as “an older model full size SUV,” either white or light in color, according to police. The make is similar to a Chevrolet Tahoe.


Courtesy Anchorage Police Department

Courtesy Anchorage Police Department


Claudia Kuzakin, 39, was found around 1:37 a.m. on Mountain View Drive between Park Street and Klevin Street. She was transported to a local hospital and declared dead after being struck by the SUV.


“The Anchorage Police Department understands drivers involved in such incidents may panic and react in a manner contrary to their true character by fleeing the scene,” a statement from APD said. “Drivers are reminded when involved in collisions involving death or physical injury they are obligated to render assistance to the injured person(s).”


Anyone with information is asked to call APD at 786-8900, or to submit an anonymous tip by call Anchorage CrimeStoppers at 561-STOP.


Claudia Kuzakin / Courtesy Facebook

Claudia Kuzakin / Courtesy Facebook


Earlier


Anchorage police are asking the public for information after a pedestrian was killed in an apparent hit-and-run in Mountain View early Friday morning.


Around 1:40 a.m., the Anchorage Police Department responded to the intersection of Mountain View Drive and North Park Street following reports of a female in the roadway.


When police arrived at the area, they found 39-year-old Claudia Kuzakin, an apparent hit-and-run victim, said APD spokesperson Renee Oistad in a statement.


Kuzakin was taken to a hospital and declared dead, police say.


Anchorage police said they had no suspect information as of late Friday morning. APD asks anyone with information to call dispatch at 786-8900. Anonymous tips can also be provided by calling Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or by going online to AnchorageCrimeStoppers.com.


Including the Friday morning fatality, Anchorage has seen four fatal hit-and-runs and three serious injury hit-and-runs in 2015, Oistad said. In all of the cases — except for Friday morning — APD has arrested a suspect or has a suspect and is still building a case.