Family appeals for driver in deadly Plain Township hit-and-run to come forward

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PLAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio– Authorities are looking for a hit-and-run driver who struck a woman Thursday night in Plain Township at around 11:30 p.m.

Investigators with the Stark County Sheriff's Office say Terri L. Calhoun, 56, was out for a walk, crossing US 62 just west of the intersection of Regent Avenue Northeast when she was hit and killed. The driver did not stop and continued west on US 62.

Friends and Family told FOX 8 News on Friday that Calhoun liked to talk frequent walks everywhere and was very familiar with the busy intersection.

"She loved to attend church. She attended the City of Hope, and she volunteered there and worked in the pantry and sang songs at church. And she loved to walk she walked everywhere and it's just a tragedy that somebody hit her and left her body there and didn't even care to help her," said Calhoun's sister,  Jeanne Rollins.

"It's a very traumatic incident I'm sure for the driver of that vehicle, but they also have to look at, you know, we have a deceased family member of a family that's a loved one and they are going through a tragic incident themselves. We just hope that whatever the reason was for them leaving and for the incident occurring that they come forward, and speak with us let us help determine what happened and answer all of those questions and put closure for the family," said Major C.J. Stantz of the Stark County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said the car that hit Calhoun should have damage to the front, including the windshield.

They are searching through surveillance video from nearby businesses to see if they can help provide a description of the car.

"Whatever the reason why you want to run, it's always better to stop. A lot of times the consequences are greater when you flee the scene," Stantz said.

"Terri loved her daughter and her grandchildren very much. She was beloved by all of her nieces and nephews. My kids just loved her. She sang songs. She wrote her own songs for them and she would sing at every family gathering," Rollins said.

Video of Calhoun playing her guitar and singing during a church service just this past Sunday was shared with FOX 8 News.

As authorities work to try and identify the driver, Calhoun's family and friends are also appealing for the person who hit her to come forward voluntarily.

"I do hope they come forward because they are going to have a heavy heart. Their conscience should bother them enough to come forward," Rollins said.

"If someone, whoever, thought they hit a bump in the road, it was a person, a live person you hit. Please come forward. I don't know how the law acts or anything, but you did take a life and it's wrong and we are going to miss her. We really did love her. Her name is Terri Calhoun," said Karen Harsh.

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