Police search for driver in fatal Avondale hit-and-run

Police are searching for a driver who was last seen in a red pickup

Search for driver who hit and killed woman

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati police are searching for the driver who hit and killed a pedestrian Wednesday morning in Avondale.

Police say the woman was struck in a crosswalk in the 2900 block of Vernon Place near University Avenue at 6:42 a.m.

The victim is 37-year-old Holly Burns, according to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office.

Burns’ cousin described her in a Facebook message to FOX19NOW: “She’s a very loving person and strong a great mom sister aunt cousin daughter friend shes beautiful person inside and out ask them please help us find the person who did this my family heart broken please.”

She was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where she later died from injuries sustained in the accident, according to police.

The driver fled in a red pickup truck that was last seen driving East on University Avenue toward Reading Road, police said.

Police say Burns was hit in the crosswalk and landed on the hood of the truck and fell off.

The driver did not stop to check on the condition of Burns, said police.

Police have shared video of the truck. It is a newer model red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with tinted windows, according to police.

Police say “there’s no way” the driver did not realize they hit someone.

The victim was on her way to work at Dunkin Donuts on Martin Luther King, according to police.

Police say that family told them that Burns took the bus to the crosswalk near work and then would walk the rest of the way.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

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