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Woman hit on U.S. Route 224 (UPDATED)

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“I started screaming ‘call the police, call the police. I hit a body.’ ”

Kassidy Stowe was traveling east on U.S. Route 224 heading home from a friend’s house in the early morning hours Monday when she said she struck what appeared to be a person lying in the roadway near the U.S. Route 42 overpass in Harrisville Township.

“I looked down to turn up the radio, and the second I looked up, I didn’t have enough time to react,” the 21-year-old Creston resident said. “I hit it. … It was a person.”

Lt. Mark Neff, commander of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Medina post, said officers were called at about 1:45 a.m. about a 22-year-old woman who was struck on Route 224.

The woman was identified as Kendra Wilson, of Lodi, Trooper Harold McCumbers said. Troopers found Wilson’s vehicle parked on the side of Route 42 just before the overpass, but whether Wilson jumped off the overpass is “still under investigation,” he said.

“It’s a possible suicide,” McCumbers said, noting he could not confirm whether Wilson was dead before she was struck.

“Due to the circumstances, being dark outside and the clothing the victim was wearing, the visibility of seeing her in the road was slim to none,” he said.

The speed limit on that stretch of Route 224 is 60 mph.

Medina County Coroner Dr. Lisa Deranek confirmed the woman was struck by a car and her body was transported to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Stowe said she and her two friends in the car with her talked to police at the Pilot Travel Center on Lake Road in Westfield Township until about 4 a.m.

Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or hheironimus@medina-gazette.com.

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