Reward in Ashlyn Dyer hit-and-run increased to
Ashlyn Dyer photo courtesy www.ashlyndyer.com
By Brigid Gaffikin, Bay City News Service
March 30, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Friends and family of Ashlyn Dyer,
a 27-year-old San Francisco woman killed in an apparent hit-and
run accident earlier this month, have increased to $50,000 the
reward being offered for information leading to a closure of the
investigation into her death.
The announcement came Tuesday, some two weeks after a $20,000
"no questions asked" reward was announced jointly by
the city of San Francisco and the Presidio Parks Trust, each contributing
Dyer's close friend Joe Harper said the additional $30,000 was
being offered mainly by her friends and with the "same stipulations
as the original," $20,000 reward.
Contributions to the new reward fund have come "from all
over the country," Harper said.
"We are hopeful that the person responsible for Ashlyn Dyer's
death reflects on what has happened, feels remorse, and simply
turns himself or herself in," Dyer's friends and family said
in a statement.
Dyer, an avid jogger and frequent visitor to the Presidio, died
on March 12.
She suffered brain injuries after an apparent hit-and-run accident
on the morning of March 2, when she was discovered by a Presidio
Parks employee around 7 a.m., just off Washington Boulevard and
Her death marks the first pedestrian fatality in the park since
it fell into the jurisdiction of U.S. Park police in 1994, according
to U.S. Park police Detective Sgt. Robert Jansing.
"Basically, we don't have any solids leads or suspects right
now," Jansing said.
"We're not getting any calls from anybody who actually did
see" the collision, he said.
But "we encourage all calls," he said, and added that
investigators are greatly appreciative of the interest the public
has shown in the case.
Results of Federal Bureau of Investigations lab tests may give
investigators something more to go on, according to Jansing.
"There's some fragments of what may have been glass from
a vehicle and some things found on her clothing that may be related
to a vehicle," he said.
But "right now they can't even be sure what size of vehicle
did this" because there's no way of knowing where on the
vehicle the damage might be, he said.
This case is unlike most hit-and-run accidents, which are "pretty
easy to solve" because there are often witnesses or visible
damage to a vehicle, according to Jansing.
Dyer was a white woman about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing
At the time of the accident she was wearing a light blue jogging
top, navy blue shorts and white running shoes, according to police.
She was also wearing a pink Timex watch and carrying an orange
iPod music player.
She was not carrying identification, but her name was recovered
from her iPod.
Anyone with information on the collision is encouraged to call
Jansing of the U.S. Park Police at (415) 561-5144. Information
can also be left at confidential tip line at (415) 575-4444.
Dyer's family and friends have established the Ashlyn Dyer Foundation
for Neurological Research and Support to encourage research into
traumatic brain injury, which they note affects nearly 2 million
people in the U.S. each year.
More information is available at http://www.ashlyndyer.com.
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