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State Police continues investigation of hit and run; victim identified

UPDATE, Dec. 30, 2020, 5:35 p.m.: This story has been updated.

The Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division is continuing its investigation of an overnight hit and run pedestrian death that occurred in Independence County along U.S. Highway 167 about 8:15 last night (Monday, Dec. 28).

The body of Rita J. Brooks, 64, of 6220 North St. Louis, in Batesville, was found near the east shoulder of the northbound traffic lane. A state trooper investigating the death suspects Brooks was moving a trash receptacle from the edge of the highway near her home when she was struck by a vehicle that fled from the scene.

Evidence collected from the scene is being examined in an attempt to identify the particular make and model of the vehicle that struck Brooks.

Anyone who may have seen Brooks on the highway between 8 – 8:15 Monday night or who may know anything about a vehicle or driver involved in the crash is asked to contact Arkansas State Police, Troop B, by calling (870) 523-2702.


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