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Police search for Rockford woman after 2021 hit and run

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – A Rockford woman is still at large almost one year after a deadly hit and run crash in Winnebago County.

36-year-old Maria Juana Diaz-Vasquez was identified as a suspect in a 2021 crash that killed motorcyclist Michael Sowl.

The hit and run happened just before 2 am on September 26, 2021.

Police arrived at the intersection of Rose Avenue and Montague Road to find a motorcycle on its side, two individuals lying in the road and a heavily damaged car with no one inside.

Both motorcyclists were rushed to a local hospital for treatment, where Sowl later died.

Witnesses told police that a female driver and male passenger of the vehicle left the scene on foot.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Diaz-Vasquez can contact the Rockford Police Department at 815-966-2900 or leave an anonymous tip with Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.

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