Park police rejuvenate Presidio jogger case 

A year after a woman was struck and killed by a vehicle while jogging in the Presidio, authorities are reviving their search for the hit-and-run driver.

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Park Police Lt. Jeff Wasserman said investigators plan to conduct checkpoints in the next few weeks near the spot Ashlyn Dyer, 27, was hit last year. Officers will hand out fliers and interview drivers — similar to efforts taken in the months after the hit-and-run occurred.

On the morning of March 2, 2006, Dyer was running in the Presidio near Washington Boulevard and Kobbe Avenue when a driver struck her and fled the scene. She was found shortly afterward, lying facedown in a ditch with only an iPod to identify her.

Dyer’s family took her off life support 10 days later after learning she had suffered severe, irreversible brain injury. Most of her major organs were donated.

The driver remains at large.


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Earlier this month, investigators said tips in the case had all but dried up. This week, Wasserman said the U.S. Park Police, which is jointly investigating the case with the FBI because Dyer was hit on federal land, is using "a number of new investigative techniques" in the case, but didn’t provide details about what those techniques were.

"We are more confident than ever that we will be able to positively identify both the vehicle and the driver," Wasserman said.

On Monday — the one-year anniversary of Dyer’s death — Bruce Dyer said his daughter had taken a risk by running in the Presidio that early in the morning, but that "she was a fanatic when it came to jogging."

"We now see that this may have been an unfortunate accident — maybe the driver didn’t even know he struck her at first," he said. "Maybe he is afraid and does not want to come forward."

Wasserman echoed those sentiments, saying he believes the driver did not mean to hit Dyer.

"How the driver is dealt with by the authorities in a large part rests upon their willingness to come forward," he said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the U.S. Park Police tip line at (415) 561-5150.

arocha@examiner.com

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