RAVENNA, Ohio– An expectant mother and her unborn child were killed and a man was injured after they were hit by a pickup truck while in a Ravenna crosswalk.
Keanyanna Marsh, 34, and Herbert Stacy, 35, both from Ravenna, were walking to a nearby home about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday when they were hit.
Stacy tells Fox 8 News that the truck first hit him with a glancing blow and then hit Marsh.
Police say the conditions at the time were not good. It was dark out and raining.
The 20-year-old driver of the pickup truck stopped and called 9-1-1 himself, desperate to get help to the scene.
“I just hit somebody on the side of the road.” He told dispatchers.
“You hit somebody on the side of the road?” they asked.
“No, no, in the road in the road she was in the road and I hit her,” said the driver, urging help to get there quickly.
“We knew her injuries were serious. I'm not sure we knew at the time they were life threatening, about 11:30 at night we got a call from the Summit County Medical Examiners Office that she passed away,” said Ravenna Police Captain Dave Rarrick.
Stacy is certain they had a ‘walk’ signal at the intersection, which would mean traffic on Main Street would have had a red light.
But police also got another 9-1-1 call from an extremely emotional witness who claimed to have seen the collision from her car.
“I watched a couple walk across 59 [Main Street] on Oakwood and in the complete dark, the green light was for 59, there was a car coming, they were in black clothes no one could have seen them. I barely saw them,” said the witness who was openly crying on the phone.
The Ohio Highway Patrol and the Portage County Sheriff’s Office are assisting with the investigation.
“Finish asking a lot of questions. Again, re-interviewing people. If it is necessary we believe we may have some media or some video to review and it probably will have to be analyzed, enhanced. We may have to use other organizations to help us with those videos to improve them so we can see better images. Those are all things we have to do,” said Rarrick.
Marsh was the mother of five other children.
“She was an amazing person. She loved life you know she was a good mother,” said Stacy.
Anyone who may have more information about this incident is asked to call the Ravenna Police Department at 330-296-6486.