Woman killed in hit-and-run was ‘one of a kind,’ co-workers say

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INDIANAPOLIS – A woman killed earlier this week in a hit-and-run accident never missed work in her 23 years at a thrift store, according to co-workers.

Kathy Clark died after being hit Sunday night in the area of Meridian Street and Troy Avenue on the south side. She worked for more than two decades at a thrift store on Washington Street. While that store has changed names several times over the years–it’s currently called “City Thrift”–Clark remained a constant.

Co-workers who spoke to Fox59 said Clark was a “one-of-a-kind” worker who always took the bus to work. They said she worked Sunday and made it home safely. She was hit while walking to watch a friend play in a band.

Co-workers said Clark liked karaoke and dancing.

“One of a kind. She was a wonderful person inside and out,” a co-worker told Fox59. “She never missed a day. When she didn’t come in yesterday, she’s always here, you know, when the eight bus gets here at 7:30…when she wasn’t with him, we knew something was wrong.”

“(The person who hit her) broke the mood,” the woman said. “There will never be another Kathy.”

Co-workers said Clark loved life and always managed to have a good time.

“She touched a lot of people’s hearts. Customers are asking about her. Like I said, she’s one of a kind.”

Morningstar Church across the street from where Clark was hit will hold a prayer vigil Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. to remember Clark and mourn her loss.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police are investigating the case. Detectives are looking for a light-colored Ford F150 with a camper shell. The vehicle is missing a headlight and a mirror on its front, right side.

People who live in the area told Fox59 they wish more could be done like adding more lights and a sidewalk.

“We do have a process and at this time we don’t have that on the schedule for the 2013 Capital Improvement Program, but we realize that there is kind of a disconnect for pedestrian connectivity at that area and that’s something that we would like to address,” said Lesley Malone with the Department of Public Works.

The stretch of Meridian Street which has been identified for improvements is from Troy to North York Street. Malone said those improvements would address safety.

“It’s on their master needs inventory list and as soon as funding becomes more available we’ll be able to address that,” Malone said.

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