Monday, October 22, 2001

Girl hit on I-75 identified

Reason for crossing highway not clear

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A teen-age girl fatally struck early Saturday as she ran across Interstate-75 was identified Sunday as a freshman at Franklin High School, the Ohio Highway Patrol said.

        Jessica A. Calloway, 14, of Franklin, had apparently gone with friends to a party near the spot she was killed, but it remained unclear why she was crossing the interstate on foot — or where she was going, police said.

        She was hit at 3:40 a.m. Saturday by a 1996 Toyota Avalon driven by Granada McNeil, 25, of Fairfield.

        Ms. McNeil was not injured and was not charged.

        Jessica had apparently crossed the northbound lanes and was running from the median into southbound traffic when she was struck in the far right lane.

        The identification culminated a two-day effort at the Lebanon barracks that had troopers combing national missing-children reports — without a match.

        Jessica had no identification on her.

        Her mother, who identified the body Sunday, had dropped Jessica off at a friend's house Friday night.

        Jessica and the friend then went to the party. No missing report on Jessica was filed.


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