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Allentown hit-and-run victim dies week after incident

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The victim of a hit-and-run crash in Allentown last week has died, according to the Lehigh County coroner's office. 

Ruby Marrero, 32, of Allentown, was struck by a vehicle last Tuesday, according to police.  

Family members said Marrero was in a coma and in very serious condition. They informed 69 News Tuesday morning that she had died. 

An autopsy was performed Tuesday morning. Her cause of death was due to multiple blunt force injuries from the hit-and-run accident, according to the coroner's office. 

Officials said her death was ruled accidental.

A GoFundMe page has been started to help Marrero's family with any financial assistance it may need. 

Joshua Stockman, of South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, was arrested and charged with single counts of aggravated assault by vehicle and accidents involving injury, both felonies. He is free on $50,000 bail.

Investigators said Stockman was driving north in the 400 block of North Sixth Street just after 8:30 p.m. last Tuesday, when he hit Marrero, who was crossing the street mid-block, according to court records. Authorities allege Stockman was speeding.

After Stockman allegedly hit her, witnesses reported seeing his car back up, drive around her and speed away, according to court records. He ditched the car about a half-block away and ran from the area on foot, police said.

Stockman’s next court date is a preliminary hearing, tentatively scheduled for March 2.

The Lehigh County district attorney's office previously said if Marrero did die, additional charges would be filed.

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