KITTITAS COUNTY NEWS RELEASE -- Sheriff's Deputies are investigating the death of 79 year old Alice Manza of Ellensburg.

Mrs. Manza was found near her mailbox on Robins Road by a passing motorist shortly after noon Thursday.

Preliminary investigation indicates Mrs. Manza pulled up near the mailbox and, believing her vehicle was in park, opened the door and started to get out of her car.

After striking Mrs. Manza, her vehicle traveled backwards until impacting a post.

Investigators found the vehicle, a Dodge Durango, with the engine running and the transmission in reverse.

There were no signs of foul play or that anyone else was present at the time of the incident.