Truck Driver Leaves The Scene After Semi Hits And Kills Female Crossing City Street

UPDATE: Wed., December 12 (9:00 p.m.) – Police have now identified Rhonda Hatfield, 48, of Belding, as the victim of the fatal accident in downtown Greenville on Tuesday night. She was pronounced dead at Spectrum Health United Hospital moments after she was struck by a tractor-trailer while crossing the the intersection of Washington Street (M-57) and Lafayette Street (M-91).

Police have also confirmed they have obtained and are reviewing surveillance video of the incident captured by security cameras of nearby businesses. Officials say Hatfield was struck by an eastbound semi-truck on East Washington that was turning right.

Officials also confirm they have interviewed witnesses who say they observed the semi strike Hatfield and not stop. Police are still searching for the truck driver. They say the tractor is white and is possibly pulling a refrigerated trailer. It was last seen going north on Lafayette.

 

Police are still unsure if the truck driver realized the semi he was driving struck a pedestrian.

Sgt. Darren Jones with Greenville Public Safety said, “They’re sitting up so high, especially with semi tractors sometimes they don’t see things that you and I would see in a passenger car. Quite often they can hit things and just not know that they hit something.”

Police asked anyone with information to call Greenville Department of Public Safety at 616-754-9161.

Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow this story as it develops.

(ORIGINAL REPORT)

Greenville, Michigan – Police say a woman was crossing the street at a busy intersection in downtown Greenville when she was struck and killed by a semi-truck on Tuesday evening at approximately 6 p.m.

Officials say it happened at the intersection of Washington Street (M-57) and Lafayette Street (M-91), as the semi was making a right-hand turn. The woman, who police have identified, but have not yet released her identity, later died at a nearby hospital.

Sgt. Darren Jones with Greenville Public Safety tells Fox17Online.com that the truck driver left the scene. Jones confirmed police have yet to identify him, but says officials are unsure if the trucker realized his semi struck the woman.

 

“They’re sitting up so high, especially with semi tractors sometimes they don’t see things that you and I would see in a passenger car,” Jones said. “Quite often they can hit things and just not know that they hit something.”

Sgt. Jones said officials are looking for possible surveillance video from nearby businesses that could aid in their investigation.

Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow this story as it develops.

 

Video shared courtesy of Fox17Online.com.

 


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