An Ohio woman arrested for forgery and check fraud late last week was killed in a hit-and-run while walking home from jail early Saturday, police said.
Heather K. Smith, 29, of Uhrichsville, bonded out of Stark County jail at around 1 a.m. and was walking home because she didn't have a ride, police told CantonRep.com. Some 30 minutes later, a man driving a gray Chevy Tahoe slammed into her on Route 62 and then kept driving.
Police found Smith's body near a fence line 100 feet off the road after a passerby reported seeing her around 6 a.m., police said.
"He had to know he hit her," Rick Walters, an investigator for the Stark County Coroner's office, told CantonRep.com, adding that the road was strewn with broken car parts.
Smith was arrested Thursday on a warrant for theft, forgery and passing bad checks, police said. Court records showed she was staying in Uhrichsville, some 30 miles south of Canton, but cops said she may have been walking to her stepfather's home in Canton.
The Tahoe's driver contacted police on Saturday afternoon, CantonRep.com reported. He was not arrested, but police impounded the car, which was missing part of its front bumper, according to reports.
The Stark County prosecutor will decide on Monday morning whether to file charges.
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