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Relatives mourn Elyria crash victim

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    Elyria police investigate the scene of a fatal crash at Third Street and West Avenue on Monday, Aug. 28.

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    Vicki HIll

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ELYRIA — Vicki Hill loved two things in life: her family and sports. When it came to sports, she could talk with anyone about the subject, according to her daughter, Takori Brown.

“Her and my cousins, her brothers, would just sit and talk about players, stats, what college (players) went to and everything,” Brown said. “If you wanted to play fantasy football, that’s someone you should talk to. I would ask her, ‘How do you know all this?’ and she would say, ‘How do you not?’ ”

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Vicki HIll

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Hill, 58, was killed Monday morning in a two-car crash at a traffic light at West Avenue and Third Street. Police said her vehicle was hit from behind by a vehicle driven by Kristi Fitch of Elyria.

On Tuesday morning, Vicki Hill’s family was trying to come to grips with her loss.

“They are working on making arrangements for her,” Tracey Hill, Vicki’s sister, said. “Right now, it’s just a day at a time. It’s still sinking in. It’s really hard because of the way she died; it was just senseless.”

According to her family, Vicki Hill was quiet and tended to keep to herself.

“She was one of a kind,” Fannie Hill, Vicki’s mother, said. “She’d do anything for you. You didn’t see her too much, because she was a homebody. She wasn’t a big mixer. She was just a great girl to me. She loved her kid and her grandkid. They were her world, too. They just didn’t get to spend enough time together.”

She also loved to be a little silly and goofy.

“She always pretended like she had a personal relationship with LeBron (James),” Tracey Hill said. “She would say, ‘Yeah, he called me last night, after the game, and this is what we talked about.’ She would say stuff like that all the time.”

Brown agreed with her aunt.

“She would make you laugh all the time,” Brown said. “She’d joke around. She could be really goofy.”

Brown said Vicki Hill would record games and not watch it for a couple days because of her work schedule.

“She’d tell me she had to go home and watch the game,” Brown said. “I’d say, ‘Mom, the game is over. It was two days ago.’ She’d tell me, ‘I haven’t watched it yet; don’t say nothing.’ ”

Her family said Vicki Hill was on her way to work at Comprehensive Logistics in Lorain, when the crash took place about 5:45 a.m. Monday. She’d talked about retiring, but her sister isn’t too sure she would have gone through with it.

“That was up in the air, with my sister,” Tracey Hill said. “She would say she was ready, but she enjoyed her job.”

Vicki Hill graduated from Elyria High School, and her class recently held its 40th class reunion, though Vicki chose not to attend, according to her sister.

She also took great pride in her house on Stanford Avenue.

“She was meticulous when it came to her house,” Brown said. “She had a guy mow her grass, but she was so picky. If she didn’t like something, she’d go home and redo it.”

Fitch, 40, was listed in fair condition Tuesday night at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where she was flown after the crash. Police issued her a citation for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and she could face further charges, police said.

According to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Fitch’s driver’s license was valid at the time of the crash, though she had two convictions for driving without a license in 2016. BMV records also list a reckless driving conviction in Virginia in 2013.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.



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