Woman tells police she hit deer, but it was pedestrian who died instead

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MAYFIELD, Ky. (KT) – A Western Kentucky woman was arrested after she called police Monday night to tell them she hit a deer when she had hit and killed a pedestrian.


The pedestrian, Amanda Czerwein of Mayfield, had clocked off work at the Pilgrim’s Pride poultry processing plant and was walking home when she was struck by a vehicle on U.S. 45, according to a release from the Graves County Sheriff’s Office.


The sheriff’s office was called at about 6 p.m. about a possible crash with one person lying in the road, according to the news release. When deputies arrived, they found Czerwien unresponsive in the road, but there was no vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.


With the investigation started, Kentucky State Police received a call from Jasmine Rupeke of Mayfield who said she had hit a deer on U.S. 45 North. A trooper went to the residence where Rupeke called from to look at her minivan and determined the damage was not consistent with a deer collision, the release said.


After interviewing Rupcke, state police decided the minivan had been involved in the collision with the pedestrian while heading south and that Rupcke had driven on to a friend’s house.


“Both Rupcke and her passenger stated they believed they had hit a deer,” according to the release.


Rupcke was taken to the Graves County Jail and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render aid-assist when death or serious injury is involved. She also was charged with not having an operator’s license, failure to produce an insurance card and failure to register the transfer of a motor vehicle.

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