Victim of fatal hit and run a U.S. 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) –  Police are searching for a suspect after U.S. Marine was killed in hit-and-run over the weekend.

Bellefontaine police say Monica Plank, 34, of Stafford, Virginia, was walking with her husband in the 900 block of South Main Street early Sunday morning when she was hit by a car.

Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley said Plank and her husband left 68 Grill on South Main Street shortly after midnight.

Both were walking northbound on the curb lane when the hit-and-run happened. Plank’s husband was walking about 100 feet behind her at the time.

Police say Plank’s husband immediately ran up to her to administer CPR but her injuries were too serious.

She was flown by medical helicopter to a Columbus hospital where she died.

“The loss of GySgt 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,” said Colonel Harold VanOpdorp, USMC, Commanding Officer, Officer Candidate School, Quantico, Virginia.

The USMC says Plank specialized as a helicopter mechanic.  She was serving as an instructor at Marine Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Virginia.

She served a tour in Afghanistan from August 2010 to May 2011 with the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467.

Bellefontaine Police are asking for the public’s help in the investigation. If you have any information on the suspect or the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run, you are asked to call the Bellefontaine Police Department at (937) 599-1010. 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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