Services set for Marine killed in hit-and-run

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BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – Funeral arrangements are set for the U.S. Marine killed in hit-and-run over the weekend in Bellefontaine.

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

Police say Plank’s husband immediately ran up to her to administer CPR but her injuries were too serious. Plank died after being flown by medical helicopter to Grant Medical Center, Columbus.

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

Police are still searching for the driver, who fled the scene.

Neighbors living along the Bellefontaine street where Plank struck reacted to the tragedy.

“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.

Plank, having served 16 years, was currently stationed at Quantico, Va., where she was a Sergeant Instructor at the Officer Candidate School. She had been deployed to Afghanistan and had been a mechanic on Huey and Cobra helicopters, and was a drill instructor at Parris Island, SC.

“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.

Funeral services will be held at the West Liberty United Church of Christ, West Liberty, Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 22, at noon. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:30 a.m. to the time of the service. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty, with full military honors provided by the United States Marine Corps.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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