NORWALK -- A Rowayton woman was killed when a motorist struck her on Hunt Street shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday and fled the scene, Norwalk police said.

Police identified the woman as Alice Goldfarb, 51, of 14 Thomes St.

The woman was found by a passing motorist near Hunt Street and Steepletop Road, police said. Goldfarb was pronounced dead shortly after she was taken to Norwalk Hospital.

Police are looking for the driver who struck the woman. The vehicle is described as a white, two-door sedan, possibly an older model Honda Civic with heavy front-end damage.

Police and medical personnel were familiar with Goldfarb since, over the past year, she has been found walking, sitting and kneeling in different streets throughout Rowayton. It appears she was kneeling in the roadway when she was hit Wednesday, police said.

Police say Goldfarb was last seen at home at 3:15 a.m.

Neighbor Greg Roberts said Goldfarb would always stop and say hello and pet his Lhasa apso when they saw her in their neighborhood, which is several blocks from the accident scene.

"She was a real nice person. She would always pet Sassy. She was very nice," Roberts said.

Roberts said she sometimes saw Goldfarb meditating in her front yard, which is directly across Thomes Street from his home.

He said he sometimes warned her when she would get close to the road, and she would move back into the yard.

"She got awful close a few times," Roberts said.

A woman who answered the door at Goldfarb's residence early Wednesday afternoon said she could not talk about Goldfarb at the time.

According to a statement from police, it is unclear whether the driver would have known he or she struck a person since visibility was poor and and the driver would not have expected a person in the roadway at that time of day.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Norwalk police at 203-854-3111.