S.C. woman leaves assisted living center, killed in hit-and-run

03/03/2014 9:58 AM

03/03/2014 10:05 AM

Authorities in South Carolina are investigating the death of a woman who walked out of an assisted living center Saturday night and was struck by a car in a hit-and-run.

The victim was identified as Tina Ann Miller, 46, of Gaffney, S.C., according to Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler.

Fowler said Miller was a resident of the Ivy Grove Residential Center on Lockhart Lane. Video surveillance at the assisted living facility showed Miller walking out of the building shortly after 7:20 p.m, he said.

Miller told employees at the facility that she was leaving to look for another resident who had said she was walking to a hospital. Shortly after 7:30 p.m., a passing motorist spotted Miller’s body on the shoulder of Hampshire Drive, a few hundred yards from the residential center. Steve Lyttle

“It appears she was near the center of the roadway when struck by an unknown vehicle with blue metallic paint, headed south on Hampshire Drive,” Fowler said. “She did not have on any shoes and she sustained multiple blunt force body and head trauma.”

Fowler said Ivy Grove residents are permitted to come and go but are supposed to sign out when they leave. He said Miller had not signed out and employees of the center had followed her after she left.

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