A female cyclist is dead after she was struck by a vehicle in central Oshawa early on Friday morning.

DRPS Const. George Tudos said they were called to Stevenson Road South, between Laval Drive and Champlain Avenue before 4 a.m. for a report of an injured cyclist found on the roadway.

Tudos said the woman, age 36, was found without vital signs and rushed to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Friends of the victim have identified her as Christye “Pink” Tingey. Speaking to CTV News Toronto, they described her as a kind woman who cared for others.

"She wanted to make sure, you know, that everyone else was fine before herself," said friend Simon Le Blanc, who lived with Tingey in a small community of tents in a field not far from where Tingey was killed.

Josh Cheeseman, another man who knew Tingey, said she was like a mother to him.

"She's always taken care of everybody,” said Cheeseman, who lives down the street from the field where Tingey resided.

Several passing motorists located the woman and blocked a lane of traffic until police arrived.

Tudos said the driver involved fled the scene, possibly via Highway 401.

“We have found some evidence on the roadway — some headlights and other debris we believe to be from the suspect vehicle."

The Traffic Services Branch was called to the scene.

Tudos said they are not yet ready to provide a suspect vehicle description.

Stevenson Road was closed in both directions between Gibb Street and Champlain Avenue to allow for an investigation.

- with files from CTV News Toronto's Tamara Cherry