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Police still looking for car in hit-and-run that killed teen

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Posted at 3:52 PM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 15:52:10-04

CINCINNATI -- Police investigating the hit-and-run collision that killed a 15-year-old girl thought they found the vehicle used in the incident, but an inspection determined that it was the wrong car, authorities said Wednesday.

The owner of the Honda Civic inspected by police cooperated with investigators as they worked to rule it out. But that means that the vehicle that hit Gabriella Rodriguez and its driver are still out there somewhere.

Police believe a driver in a white 2012-2015 Honda Civic struck Gabriella Sept. 10 in the 2100 block of Harrison Avenue. The driver drove away. Gabriella died later that morning at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Gabby had just started her freshman year at Western Hills University High School. She helped the school get a softball field, and those who knew her spoke about her sense of humor and direct, proactive personality.

Police asked anyone with information about the incident to call the Traffic Unit at 513-352-2514 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

"I'm begging them," Gabby's mom, Shawna, previously said. "I need answers."