SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — Assistant Seekonk Town Clerk Karen McHugh was killed by a hit-and-run driver nearly five months ago, but her family and friends have yet to find closure because the driver has not been found.
The sidewalks of Arcade Avenue were buried under snow back on Jan. 30, so McHugh used the street to walk to her detached garage a few feet from her home. Police said she often made that walk to feed her cats.
The 51-year-old was struck by a car at about 10 p.m., and the driver – instead of stopping – simply took off.
Her wife discovered her body in the street. McHugh was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Police have been investigating the incident for almost five months, but have not yet been able to identify the driver. McHugh’s family and friends are furious that no one is being held responsible.
“It’s a terrible thing to kill someone, and then running away and not leaving everybody closure is even worse,” said Melissa Lemieux, one of McHugh’s close friends.
McHugh’s family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, using money they raised online.
Lemieux said McHugh was kind, supportive, caring and simply one of the finest people she’s ever known. She had a message for the person responsible for her death.
“Turn yourself in, because we are still brokenhearted here,” she said.
Investigators said the car is a dark grey GM with front-end damage on the passenger side. After the collision, it took off towards Taunton Avenue.
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If you have any information about the hit-and-run, please call the Seekonk Police Department at (508) 336-8123.