Pascual death ruled accidental

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There are questions surrounding the death of a woman in Richmond's Museum District.

Investigators say Jessica Pascual died of a drug overdose and blunt force injuries. She was also hit by a car. Neighbors are asking for your help finding the person who was behind the wheel.

Helen and Wes Presnell along with other neighbors knew Jessica Pascual as 'Hula-girl.'

"I saw her throwing her hula hoop up and spinning around. She was quite talented with her hula hoop," Wes said.

Three months after her death many question remain unanswered. The pain is still present.

"It was just shocking. Just horrible to hear anybody young passes away especially in an incident like that," said Helen.

The incident happened in June. Pascual was found face down in a parking lock. She had tire marks on her body. Thursday afternoon the medical examiner found her death to be accidental. She died from acute heroin and ethanol intoxication and blunt force injuries.

The person who ran over Pascual remains a mystery. Friends are asking the driver to come forward. Pascual graduated from Midlothian High in 2006 and was attending John Tyler Community College. She also worked at Elwood Thompson's Grocery Story in Carytown.

In memory of the 20-year-old a mural with a hula-hoop, Pascual's initial and a bird which employees say she was fond of. As for those who lived near and loved Pascual, they say she's missed.

"She seemed like a happy girl, always hula hooping and hanging out," Helen said.

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

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