NORTH LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- North Las Vegas police said a car involved in a hit-and-run crash on Sunday morning was found after multiple community tips.

Police said in a release they found the gold four-door Saturn sedan in the area of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Washington Avenue.

Ines Diaz, 32, was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition shortly after the crash. Diaz's German Shepherd dog Tyger died after the pair was hit by an out-of-control car about 10 a.m. on June 9.

Police said it happened at West Carey Avenue and Lexington Street. Diaz was walking Tyger after working the grave yard shift at South Point Hotel and Casino.

"That's how much she loved Tyger," Diaz's boyfriend Ebuka Ikeh said. "She did a grave yard and swing shift and decided to walk him."

Police believe Tyger heard the out of control driver moments before the crash and tried to pull Diaz away.

"Investigators believe that dog heard what was coming and in turn was pulling Diaz away," North Las Vegas Police Officer Eric Leavitt said.

Surveillance video provided police (warning: graphic), shows Diaz jerk away from the street moments before the crash. The video also shows a gold Saturn four-door sedan with faded paint stray from the roadway and hit the pair.

Police said the woman has head and spinal injuries. The dog survived the crash but had to be put down because his injuries were so severe.

(Cecil Anderson/FOX5)

The scene of an auto versus pedestrian crash on June 9, 2019. (FOX5)

Police said the car fled southbound on Lexington and would have significant front and side damage. An airbag deployed on the passenger side, police said.

A GoFundMe was started for the woman and her dog. Ikeh also said she created the website AidPets.org, which helps fund hungry animals. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the North Las Vegas Police Department at (702) 633-1017, extension 5116, or to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at (702) 385-5555.

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Nobody is safe anymore. Can't even walk your dog without somebody trying to mow you down. No doubt drugs or alcohol played a role.

The Mark Price is Right

Prayers for the woman. Whoever that driver is will burn until they turn themselves in or are caught. Walking her dog in the morning ends in the dog's death. MAKES ME SICK.

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