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Pedestrian killed in Boone County crash, police say

The crash occurred on KY 18 at Woodspoint Drive
Updated: Dec. 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM EST
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BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - A woman is dead Monday night after being hit by a vehicle in Northern Kentucky, according to Florence police.

Police say another person was injured and is hospitalized in stable condition.

The incident occurred around 6:51 p.m. on KY 18 near the intersection with Woodspoint Drive, police say.

Officers responded to the report of a vehicle collision involving two pedestrians. At the scene, police say they found a vehicle traveling west on KY 18 had hit two pedestrians crossing the state route traveling north.

Jeannie Kinney, 56, of Newport, was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital Florence, where she was pronounced deceased, police say.

The other pedestrian was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center by Air Care.

Police provided no word as to what led to the crash.

Kris Rhotten was working nearby when she says she heard the commotion.

“I was in the middle of taking an order with the customers, then all of a sudden I see five cop cars come from Mall Road and KY 18 the opposite way. They came to block off this road,” Rhotten said. 

She says when she walked outside to see what was going on, that’s when she saw two people lying in the road unresponsive. 

“There were a couple of groans from one of them,” Rhotten said. “There was somebody else laying over here. I think they had a black sheet over them.”

Rhotten says it was a frightening crash to witness. 

“It was a little crazy. Crazy because my fiancé walks these streets. At any given point it could have been her. So I called her to make sure that she was okay and I said, ‘You are not allowed to walk anymore because of something like this happening.’”

Rhotten says Burlington Pike always has heavy traffic especially during the dinner rush. 

“Honestly, I would not cross this street at all, with or without a crosswalk,” she said, “because I feel like people just don’t pay attention nowadays and I just don’t want anybody else to get hit.”

Investigators say the driver did stop and is working with police to give an account of what happened.

The Florence Police Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating.

FOX19 NOW will continue to update this developing story as more information becomes available.

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