Law enforcement still searching for woman responsible for deadly hit-and-run on McGregor Blvd.

Reporter: Nicole Lauren
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Rosalia Diaz

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers needs help tracking down 52-year-old Rosalia Tejeda Diaz, who is wanted for a deadly hit-and-run crash in south Fort Myers earlier this year.

Diaz is accused of killing 63-year-old Kate Johnson and her dog Diva as they walked along McGregor Boulevard.

For six months, Diaz has been on the run and now she’s one of the most wanted people in Southwest Florida.

The boyfriend of the victim has had his life turn upside down since that day.

“It’s a great loss and you don’t realize it until somebody’s gone,” said Phish Ross.

Kate Johnson and Diva. (Credit: shared with WINK News)

Crime Stoppers Trish Routte said this is an inconceivable crime.

“You can’t take a life and just leave that life on the side of the road like nothing ever happened,” Routte said.

The car Diaz used was found stashed away in a garage a short time after the deadly collision.

“It’s frustrating and aggravating knowing that she’s out there with her freedom and not having to answer to her actions,” Ross said.

Investigators on the case believe people could be hiding Diaz, and Routte has a strong message for anyone involved.

“If you’re hiding her out, guess what, you’re going to go to jail for aiding and abetting. This woman does not deserve your protection, she does not deserve your friendship or your loyalty,” Routte said.

Ross is confident justice will be served and Diaz will be behind bars.

Diaz is facing charges of leaving the scene of a crash causing death. FHP said that could land her up to 30 years in jail.

There is a reward for up to $3,000. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS.

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