Pedestrian killed in Latonia; driver charged with murder

Pedestrian killed in Latonia; driver charged with murder

LATONIA, Ky. (FOX19) - A pedestrian was fatally struck in Latonia Monday night, Covington police say.

It happened just after 7 p.m. in the 4200 block of Winston Avenue in the parking lot of the former Burlington Coat Factory, according to a police news release.

Frank Harris, 54, was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Hamilton County coroner.

Assistant Police Chief Brian Valenti said they took the driver, 44-year-old Marsha Miller, into custody.

Harris was walking through the parking lot when Miller drove at him, according to Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders.

“When she [Miller] turned into the lot and then turned again and proceeded across the lot, she drove right into a pedestrian [Miller] that was walking through this parking lot,” Sanders says.

Miller admitted to taking a substance containing THC before she started driving, Sanders says.

The 44-year-old woman has been charged with murder, police say.

Investigators say video evidence led them to believe it was an intentional act.

Kentucky has two different sections under its murder statute, Sanders says.

One is premeditated murder where a person intentionally sets out to kill someone. The other is if someone causes the death of a person for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Miller is being held with no bond at the Kenton County Detention Center.

The incident remains under investigation by the Covington Police Department Traffic Unit, Covington Police Criminal Investigations Bureau, and the Kenton County Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team (Kenton County STAR Team).

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Jim Lindeman: 859-292-2272.

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