UPDATE: Museum District death ruled accidental

Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The State Medical Examiner now says the June death of 20-year-old Jessica Pascual in Richmond's Museum District  was accidental. But police still want to know who hit her.

The cause of death for the woman was acute heroin intoxication, acute ethanol intoxication and blunt force injuries. Authorities believe that she may have been struck by a vehicle the night she died.

Police have been waiting for months for a toxicology report to help them decide if Pascual had overdosed before or after she was hit by a car.

The driver left the scene, but we know police believe she most likely died from a tragic combination of all the events of that morning.

Pascual was found in June, face down in a parking lot off Kensington Avenue near Nansemond Street. She had tire marks on her body, but police do not believe she was dragged or dumped in the lot.

"It really wasn't the fact that she was struck and so now we're hoping whoever may know something about what happened in the parking lot that night with Jessica to come forward, let us fill in the final gaps in our report and get the family some closure," said Gene Lepley, Richmond Police spokesperson.

Pascual was fondly known as "Hula-Girl" to the residents of the apartment building, because she was always outside with a hoola hoop.

She graduated from Midlothian high in 2006 and was attending John Tyler Community College. She also worked at Elwood Thompson's grocery story in Carytown.

If you have any information about what happened to Pascual in the early morning hours of June 10, call Crimestoppers. That number is 780-1000.

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