Woman hit, killed walking to work; police search for driver

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CONNEAUT, Ohio-- A woman was hit and killed on her way to work Thursday night, and police are searching for the driver involved.

According to the Ashtabula County Coroner's Office, it happened at just after 9:30 p.m.

Donna Westerburg, 59, had just left her home in the 200 block of Mill Street to walk to work at a local bakery.

As she was walking across the street, she was hit by a vehicle.

A witness originally told Conneaut police, she saw a maroon SUV-style vehicle, similar to a Pontiac Vibe, traveling north on Mill Street. After more investigation, Conneaut Police Chief Michael Colby says a male suspect was driving a 2010-2015 Maroon Chevy Equinox; it has front-end damage.

The witness says she heard what sounded like a collision and moved to get a closer look.

Police say after the driver hit Westerburg, he stopped, exited the vehicle and walked over to her.  After seeing her lying on the ground, police say he ran back to the SUV and took off.

The car was last seen traveling east on State.

Westerburg was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. The wife and mother lived in Conneaut her whole life.

She and her husband Bob were married more than 25 years, raised a daughter and have a granddaughter.

The heartbroken family told Fox 8 News reporter Suzanne Stratford, she was a good woman who loved her family and reading. She would visit the library every week and return with a stack of books.

They can't believe she was killed this way saying, "She wasn't doing anything wrong; she was just going to work."

Donna enjoyed her town and walking to her job, which is just around the corner from her home.

Conneaut police are still investigating. If you have any information on what happened, you're asked to call police at 440-593-7440; you can also leave a message on the confidential tip-line at 440-593-7423.