A hard-working mother of two was killed recently when she was hit by a car as she walked home for her job at a poultry processing plant.
The fatal crash occurred in Graves County in Western Kentucky.
State police there received a call from a driver who said she had hit a deer on U.S. 45 North. Before that call arrived, sheriff's deputies already had found a woman lying in the road, unresponsive. There were no vehicles nearby.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
After potentially linking the call with the death of the woman, state police went to the home of the driver in Mayfield, Kentucky. There, they took a look at her minivan and believed the damage "was not consistent with a deer collision," according to a law enforcement news release.
When they spoke to the woman, state police determined she had hit the pedestrian instead of a deer, though according to the news release, both the driver and her passenger stated they believed they had hit a deer."
The driver was transported to Graves County Jail, where she was charged with leaving the scene of an accident as well as failure to render aid in the case of a death or serious injury. She also was charged for driving without a license.
She was released on a $5,000 surety bond and agreed she will not drive. The next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 28.
The children of the woman are being cared for by relatives, and their lives have been forever altered. Those entrusted with raising them will need financial assistance, and an area personal injury attorney can discuss their options with them.