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UPDATE: Charges not likely in fatal hit and run

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Nov 15, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Lebanon police Friday morning identified a woman fatally struck by a vehicle Thursday night and initially ruled the incident an apparent accident.

According to police Chief Scott Bowen, officers responded to 900 Carthage Highway at about 8 p.m. and found Cindy Ballington, 59, of Lebanon, was hit by a vehicle and dead at the scene.

Police closed Carthage Highway and began a search for the unknown driver.

Bowen said a short time later, officers found the driver and identified her as Pamela Delay, 33, of Lebanon. Delay was driving a 2012 Dodge Journey eastbound on Carthage Highway when she struck what she thought was a mailbox, Bowen said.

According to Bowen, she continued home a short distance from the crash and called Wilson County dispatch to report it.

Bowen said investigators believe Ballington walked into road, and Delay didn’t see her. He said charges are not expected at this time.

Liz Reese, director of the Brooks House in Lebanon, is asking for community support to help Ballington’s daughter, Rachel Ballington.

“Right now we’re trying to come together to ask the community for help with the financial part of the funeral services,” Reese said. “We’re asking that the financial help be sent to Sellars Funeral Home or Brooks House.”

Reese said Rachel Ballington is one of her girls, and their “hearts bleed” knowing of the loss.

“It’s a sad day here at Brooks House to know one of my children is hurting,” Reese said. “When my children hurt, I hurt.”

Reese said Brooks House was “asking the community to pour out love” and help this single mother who is making a grown person’s request for help.

“We want to help this family,” Reese said “We’re just trying to get as much assistance for her with funeral expenses as we can.”

Democrat staff writer Caitlin Rickard contributed to this report.

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