Police search for Toyota that fatally hit woman on New Jersey road

Trenton police are searching for a Toyota Rav 4 that struck a city woman on South Clinton Avenue earlier this month and left the scene.

The June 1 crash left 26-year-old Shydasia Merrick fatally injured. A rescue crew found her around 4:30 a.m. in the 800 block of South Clinton Avenue after receiving a report of a person in the roadway.

They took her to a city hospital because they believed she had suffered cardiac arrest. Doctors and nurses realized she had been hit by a car and notified Trenton police. Merrick died a few hours later before police could question her about the incident, police said.

Police later returned to the scene and found debris from a vehicle that indicated an accident, police said.

On Monday, police said investigators had identified the vehicle as a white Rav 4 (model year 2019 to 2024), possibly an XLE model or higher with trim, sunroof and color-coordinated mirrors.

The vehicle also had or shows damage to the driver's side, including the side mirror and the headlight, police said.

Merrick's heartbroken mother, Toshawn West, started a GoFundMe page describing the loss of her third child in five years.

The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office Serious Collision Response Team is assisting the Trenton Police Department.

Anyone with information about the Toyota can call the Trenton Police Department's non-emergency number at 609-989-4000, try their CRIMES tip line (274637) and enter the word TPDTIPS, or email

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