Woman killed in West End cross walk remembered for warmth, giving, community spirit

CPD: Woman struck by car and killed as she was crossing street in West End

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car in the West End Friday morning, Cincinnati police say.

Police say the incident happened around 9 a.m. in the 1100 block of Linn Street. Friday evening they identified the victim as Donna Pringle, 67.

Pringle was crossing west on Linn Street in a marked crosswalk, CPD says, when she was struck by Laniesha Owens, 25, who was driving a Chevrolet Malibu northbound. She was pronounced dead by first responders.

Many in the community say Pringle was widely known and will be sorely missed.

“I woke up and looked on Facebook and I was in awe, I just couldn’t breathe,” longtime friend Catherine Johnson told FOX19 NOW. “I was like, ‘Donna!’ It was a shock to everybody.”

Johnson says Pringle looked out for everyone, that she walked kids to the bus stop and made sure they got off the bus and went home.

She also says Pringle was known for helping elderly people in the community.

“I don’t care if it was raining, snowing, sleeting, hailing, if it was a snow storm, Donna was going to be going to the store for these elders. She walked that same path everyday.”

Johnson continued: “Her personality was warm, it was welcoming, and I have never seen her have a bad day. Her purpose in life to me was to always see others smile, be happy. If you couldn’t get out and you needed a favor, you can guarantee you got it.”

Owens remained at the scene after the incident, police say. Excessive speed and impairment are yet to be determined as factors, according to CPD.

CPD’s Traffic Unit is investigating.

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