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Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

Troopers said they are searching for a person believed to have struck and killed a Lincolnton woman Wednesday night in a hit-and-run.

The incident happened around 8:45 p.m. on Maiden Highway at Summerow Road in Lincolnton, according to Trooper C. Casey with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Local residents called 911 after they heard the crash, troopers said, and located Sherry Kittle, 53, lying in the grass outside their home.

Kittle is a resident of Kershaw Trail, located off Maiden Highway, Casey said.

The woman had been walking south on the northbound side of the highway, facing traffic, when the vehicle, traveling north, struck her, according to troopers.

The incident propelled her into the air and onto the nearby grassy area.

Troopers said they located one of the victim’s shoes lying on the roadway.

With no tire marks in the grass, officers believe the vehicle made contact with the woman near its right front-end before fleeing the area.

Troopers are now on the hunt for the driver said to be operating a white, mid-sized passenger vehicle with front-end and windshield damage along with a missing headlight or lens covers.

“If anyone knows anything,” he said, “please just call us.”

Individuals are asked to contact Highway Patrol at 1(800) 445-1779 or (800) 466-5500. Tips may remain anonymous.

Emergency Medical Services rushed the victim to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln, where she was pronounced dead.

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