State Police say what appeared on Wednesday night to be a fatal hit and run crash was actually a tragic accident, and not a crime. It happened around 8:30pm, on a stretch of Route 5, just west of State Route 51, in the town of Herkimer,
"Didn't realize she had struck a person, did tell us that she did think she struck something but it was dark out. she made a U turn, went back to the scene, attempted to see what she struck, but didn't see anything. Went home, where she made a decision where she knows she needs to make a notification, calls 911, reports the incident," said Jack Keller, of the New York State Police.
Police say the driver, 31-year-old Shararhonda Hall, of Ilion, went home and saw news alerts of a fatal hit and run on Route 5, in Herkimer, and realized she had to contact police. She met with troopers and a drug recognition expert. Police say there was no evidence of intoxication at the time Hall struck and killed 22-year-old Kaitlyn McCloskey, of Utica. Police say Hall was driving with a suspended license and was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, but no charges in connection with McCloskey's death.