Neighbors react to hit and run that killed Marine

Police investigate hit and run that killed a US Marine. (WDTN Photo)
Police investigate hit and run that killed a US Marine. (WDTN Photo)

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – Neighbors living along the Bellefontaine street where a US Marine was struck and killed are reacting to the tragedy.

“All we heard was help, please help.”

Monica Plank, 34, died following the hit and run in the 900 block of South Main Street early Sunday morning.

Police say Plank’s husband was walking just behind her.

They say he immediately administered CPR, but her injuries were too serious.  She died at a Columbus hospital.

Bellefontaine police are still searching for the driver, who fled the scene.

Neighbors just want that person to come forward.

“I just hope to God they find the person. I mean, I’m sure the person probably didn’t even see her, but I don’t understand why they didn’t stop. I mean I just don’t understand how somebody could hit a person like that, and not stop,” said Kerrie Pooler, Bellefontaine resident.

The Marines released a statement, reading in part, “The loss of Sergeant Plank affects all of us at Officer Candidate School deeply. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and we are focused on helping them through this difficult time.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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