A woman in her 40s who was found dead on the side of a road in Acton may not have died from being struck by a vehicle, but investigators Thursday had not determined how she died.

The woman was found unresponsive about 1:55 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Crown Valley Parkway and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The death was reported as a hit-and-run crash but as California Highway Patrol officers began investigating, “it became apparent … the incident may not have been a traffic collision and the cause of the traumatic injury to the victim was not immediately identifiable,” according to a sheriff’s department statement.

“Although an accident, traffic or otherwise, was not ruled out, (the) Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau was consulted and CHP requested they responded to assist the investigation.

“At this time, the cause of the victim’s death, and whether it was criminal in nature, is unknown,” according to the sheriff’s department.

The woman’s name has not been confirmed and was withheld, officials said.

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