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Family pleads for answers after fatal hit-and-run in Avondale

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Posted at 8:03 AM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 10:54:55-05

CINCINNATI — Holly Burns’ mother, Tammy Hulsey, hopes what happened Wednesday morning was an accident. She said the person who fatally struck Burns as she walked to work in Avondale still has a chance to make it right by confessing.

“I hope to God they’re sitting and thinking ‘What do I do? I’m scared I might just have hurt somebody,’” Hulsey said. “And if they’ve got just a little bit of that in them, they’ll come forward.”

Burns, whom family described as a loving and outgoing mother of one, had been using a crosswalk on Vernon Place at the time of the hit.

There’s no question the driver knew they had hit someone, sister Casey Burns said. According to police, the car — believed to be a newer-model Chevrolet Silverado or Chevrolet Colorado — dragged 37-year-old Holly on its hood for 800 feet before she fell off.

It drove away, turning from Vernon Place onto East University Avenue without anyone stopping to check on her. First responders transported Burns to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where she died.

“Once you hit someone and just leave, it’s wrong, it’s wrong,” Casey Burns said. “He hurt her.”

Police released surveillance video and images of the pickup that officers say was involved in the deadly crash.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.