UPDATE: Woman found dead in Nipomo roadway identified


A woman found dead on a roadway south of Nipomo on Tuesday has been identified as Krista Janine Babbitt, 55, of Nipomo.

Her body was found near the intersection of Joshua Street and Santa Maria Vista Avenue, which is bordered by homes and a strawberry field.

Several cars may have hit Babbitt before authorities were notified. The case, according to sheriff’s spokesman Rob Bryn, is being investigated as a felony hit-and-run. An autopsy is tentatively scheduled for today.

It was unclear how long Babbitt had been in the roadway before someone called 911 at 6:04 a.m. to say a male was lying in the road, according to early reports. No vehicle was seen in the area.

At 6:33 a.m., officials requested the road be closed. As late as 10 a.m. Tuesday, the body was still in the roadway — covered by a yellow tarp — with detectives “meticulously” processing the scene, Bryn said.

The CHP and Sheriff’s Department are investigating the incident.

Sheriff Ian Parkinson was also on the scene. The new sheriff said he would go to major incidents when he could; Parkinson has experience in traffic accident investigations.