Woman hit, killed by SUV in Dayton ID’d; driver runs away, leaves dogs behind

Police are searching for a woman who hit and killed a Dayton woman with her SUV Wednesday night at a convenience store on Linden Avenue and then fled the scene.

Traci Taylor, 49, of Dayton was standing in the parking lot of Everyday Food Mart, 1035 Linden Ave. around 8:20 p.m. when she was hit by the SUV. Taylor died from her injuries, according to Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger.

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One 911 caller described the SUV barreling through and crashing into the woman, saying it “just came through and ran her right down.”

Another caller told dispatchers that the woman had serious injuries to her head, and was breathing but not responding.

Taylor was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, and a call-out was issued for investigators. Hospital staff reported to police around 9:45 p.m. that Taylor had died.

The SUV driver, also a woman, abandoned the vehicle and ran away behind the store after striking Taylor, according to police. The driver left dogs behind, described as pit bulls, that were in the SUV, according to the 911 call log.

The SUV driver was described as a woman with short dark hair wearing a black jacket and blue jeans with white stripes.

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