Police spoke to Middletown hit-skip victim minutes before she was killed

Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 10:52 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2021 at 10:53 AM EDT
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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WXIX) - The woman killed in a hit-skip crash in Middletown on Thursday has been identified.

Kelly McKinney, 39, was hit by a vehicle outside of Billy T’s on Ohio 73 around 10:30 p.m., according to Shelby Quinlivan with the City of Middletown.

Before she was hit, Quinlivan said police got a call from someone that McKinney was lying in the street.

Officers responded and talked with McKinney but said they did not think she was in any danger or intoxicated.

Sometime later, police received a call from Preston Henry, who was driving home from work when he noticed what he thought was something falling out of the truck ahead of him.

“I swerved around it, and I could see in my rearview mirror it was a woman,” Henry said.

Henry pulled over and called 911. He then circled back around. Two other people blocked the road until police arrived.

First responders tried CPR, but it was too late. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Just seeing a lifeless body there,” Henry said, “yeah, it sticks with you.”

Police think McKinney was leaving the bar when she was hit, Quinlivan said.

The bar managers say they didn’t see her there.

There is no information on the driver, she said.

“It’s disgusting,” Henry said. “I mean, I hope who really did that owns up to it and anybody who had struck her after she was dead owns up to it too.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Middletown Division of Police at 513-425-7700.

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