FAMILY: Victim of fatal hit-and-run dragging, "had a whole life - WDRB 41 Louisville News

FAMILY: Victim of fatal hit-and-run dragging, "had a whole life ahead of her"

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials have released the name of the woman who was killed after being dragged by a car in west Louisville on Saturday night.

She has been identified as 19-year-old Deniesha Pugh, according to Deputy Coroner Dave Wood.

Wood said Pugh died from blunt force trauma and she was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:33 p.m. Saturday.

"She was a beautiful person," Pat Pugh said about her daughter. "She had a whole life ahead of her."

According to witnesses, a White Chevy, believed to be an Impala, was traveling east on Broadway and hit Pugh between 26th and 24th Streets, while she was crossing the street.

Officials say Pugh was dragged for hundreds of feet and that the vehicle left the scene.

"Why take off and just leave her there?" her mother said about the incident.

Family members say one of her sisters was there and saw what happened. It was too hard for her to talk about Sunday afternoon.

While the search for the car continues, community leaders are asking the driver come forward.

"To hit and mangle a human being and just to take off like it's nothing - that's unacceptable behavior," said Minister Jerald Muhammad.

Muhammad says he plans to organize a group to go door-to-door. The goal is to find out more information about this hit-and-run driver.

"We need justice," said Pugh's sister, Dametria Pugh.

Pugh's family says she loved fashion and singing. They say she was a graduate of Jeffersontown High School.

"She was getting ready to start JCTC college," said Pat Pugh. "She was getting ready to start college in August."

Authorities say the white Chevy Impala believed to be involved in the accident could have front end and windshield damage.

LMPD's Traffic Unit is investigating the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call 574-LMPD (5673).

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