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Woman, 50, killed in hit and run while crossing street near hospital in Athens

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Near the entrance of a hospital, a 50-year-old woman was struck and killed as she was crossing the street in Athens early this morning. And police hours later were still searching for the driver who never stopped.

The incident happened around 2:20 a.m. on West Broad Street near the entrance to St. Mary’s Hospital, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

The victim has been identified by police as Lisa Ann Pope, who lived several blocks from the collision scene at University Oaks apartments, according to Athens Banner-Herald.

Pope was crossing West Broad Street from the north side to the south side when she was struck in the outside lane by a westbound vehicle, police spokeswoman Hilda Sorrow said. Another motorist found the woman in the roadway and called police, she said.

Pope was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center where she died, Sorrow said. Now investigators are searching for witnesses and clues to the vehicle and driver of the hit and run.

Investigators were not able to gather enough debris from the scene to determine the type of vehicle that struck the victim, Sgt. Von Anderson told the newspaper.

“We’ve got some ideas, but nothing conclusive,” Anderson said. “So if anyone sees a vehicle that has a broken glass headlight and marker light that wasn’t like that before, we’d love to hear about it.”

Investigators on Thursday were checking area businesses to see if they had outdoor surveillance cameras that might have recorded images of the collision, Anderson said.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact Athens-Clarke County police at (706) 613-3345. Those wishing to remain anonymous can the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (706) 613-3342.