Jul. 30—A Franklin-area woman was found dead Thursday night after a hit-and-run crash in Middletown.
Kelly McKinney, 39, was found dead in the middle of North Verity Parkway near Access 3 Road at about 10:31 p.m., according to Shelby Quinlivan, the city's spokeswoman.
Middletown police received a call about McKinney minutes before the incident. The call was about someone who was lying in the street, according to Quinlivan.
"They had a conversation with her. They did not have grounds to arrest her and so they asked her to move along," Quinlivan said. "Then about 10 or 20 minutes later we got a call about the hit and run."
Police believe McKinney left Billy T's bar on Tytus Avenue prior to the crash, but that information had not been confirmed this afternoon.
A male 911 caller told dispatchers after seeing the woman dead he didn't realize it was a person at first.
"She was already knocked out in the road and I just kind of drove past it and realized it was a human being and pulled over and called," the man said
The Butler County Coroner's Office was scheduled to perform an autopsy Friday, but the results of lab tests can take several weeks to receive.
Quinlivan and Middletown Police Chief David Birk said detectives are asking anyone with information to contact Sgt. Earl Nelson at 513-425-7754.