Police: Woman, 78, killed by hit-and-run driver while walking home from church

Police recovered vehicle parts on scene

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. - Police are looking for a person who struck and killed a woman in a hit and run accident Sunday evening.

According to the Boone County Sheriff's Office, Anita Wernsing, 78, of Fayette, was walking home from church when she was struck and killed.

Wernsing was leaving Mt. Tabor Primitive Church in the 7000 block of South State Road 267, trying to cross the street to reach her home, police said.

Police say a man trying to avoid the holiday slowdown on Interstate-65 took a detour just outside of Fayette and found Wernsing in the road, about 100 yards from the church.

"She's not alive," the man said to the 911 dispatcher.

"Does it look like she fell?" asked the dispatcher.

"No she got hit by a car or something," said the caller.

Wernsing was struck by a vehicle traveling north on State Road 267, police said.

Investigators said after striking Wernsing, the vehicle ran off the road then continued northbound without stopping.

"It's very disheartening to me. It very much concerns me," said Major Mike Nielsen, with the Boone County Sheriff's Office. "Maybe what we'll find out is, there had to be a reason for them not to stop."

Wernsing's family says the 78-year-old was very active, working at McDonald's until just a few weeks ago and going to church several times a week.

Investigators are checking vehicle parts recovered at the scene for any information that could lead to an arrest.

Wernsing's family says the person who struck and killed her knows what they did.

"There's nothing that they're going to be able to say or do that's going to make us feel better about this situation," said Wernsing's son-in-law Gary Davis. "They've taken away a loving person who cared about everyone around her."

Police said the stretch of road where Wernsing was killed is well-lit, so they feel confident that the person who struck her saw her and knows what happened.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Boone County Sheriff's Office at 765-482-1412 or email tips@co.boone.in.us.

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