CALN – Another hit-and-run driver was a woman accused of hitting and killing a young woman late last year. She will have a day in court for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.
The suspect identified as Gina Marie Bennett, age 48 and resident of Coatesville, faces serious charges of the murder by while DUI and related offenses in connection with the death Ke’asya Gray, age 19 first week of December.
According to the police, Gray was walking along Block 3400 block of Lincoln Highway at about 10:55 o’clock in the evening when she was hit by a rampaging SUV. The driver never stopped but fled the scene while the young woman from Coatesville was later pronounced dead at Brandywine Hospital.
Next day, police discovered the vehicle at a body shop in the area with a telltale significant damage in its front-passenger side. Investigators later identified the SUV owner but were unable to immediately verify the driver who stuck Gray.
In the long run, Bennett was finally arrested on Dec. 23 and was released from police custody with a secured bail of $300,000.
The schedule of Bennett’s preliminary hearing was 1:30 o’clock Wednesday at the Downingtown’s district court presided by Magisterial District Judge Jeffry J. Valocchi.
Gina Marie Bennett has no previous record is found responsible for the death of Gray. She was arraigned Tuesday on charges of murder by auto while driving under the influence and related offenses.
Her bail was set at $300,000 unsecured with a preliminary hearing set for February 4th.
She is charged in the death of 19-year old Ke’asya Gray of Coatesville.
At 11:00 o’clock that evening, Ke’asya was dropped off by her family to work the overnight shift at the Dollar Tree store in Block 3400 in Lincoln Highway. She found the door of the store locked so she decided to walk back toward the highway where she was hit. A few minutes after admission to the hospital, she expired.
Police believed that Bennett was drunk when she hit the victim since she came from the Crossroad bar on Lancaster Avenue.
The surveillance video from a pizza eatery and a dealership of cars around the area showed on tape the gray Honda of Bennett prior to and after the mishap.
The next day, auto body shops tip the police of the alleged striking vehicle and they identified Bennett as the owner.
This is the number repetition of a tragedy that the family of Ke’asya endured within two months following the demise of her sister, Joi’lheta, only 22 died of diabetes complication in the middle of October. Ke’asya and family were trying to stay strong through the holidays. Ke’asya was studying nursing in the wake of her sister’s death.
Surveillance video showed that a green Jeep Liberty was following Bennett’s vehicle as she left the bar, also before and after she hit the victim and run.
Police are urging the driver of the Jeep to come forward for the record as there are no pending charges.
If you or your loved one has been harmed or fatally injured due to negligence or someone else fault, contact an injury lawyer now for free consultation. You may be entitled to financial compensation for economic damages, as well as pain and suffering.
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