LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Police are working to track down the driver who officers say ditched a truck after hitting two women on the side of a road, killing one of them.

LMPD's 7th Division and Traffic Unit responded to three crashes on Saturday around 5:30 a.m. at Outer Loop and Grade Lane.

According to police, a Dodge Caliber was traveling westbound on Outer Loop when the vehicle collided with a Volkswagon Jetta that was turning onto Outer Loop from Grade Lane. After the crash, the Dodge stopped in the eastbound lane of Outer Loop.

Officers originally stated that the first accident was a hit-and-run, but upon further investigation determined the driver of the Jetta stayed on scene.

Two women, the driver and passenger, exited the Dodge to check for damage.

Tina Genslinger says she had witnessed the crash so she parked on the side of the road and put on her flashers to alert other drivers of the scene, while trying to help the women.

“I just screamed to them to ask them if they were alright, and they said ‘no,’” said Genslinger. “Just as soon as I asked them if they were alright, that truck come barreling down through there.”

The two women were hit by a passing Chevy truck, traveling eastbound on Outer Loop which then hit the Dodge.

The passenger of the Dodge was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the Dodge was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.

“I wish there was more I could’ve did. I wish I could’ve got them out of the street,” said Genslinger.

Police say the driver of the Chevy truck left the truck behind at the scene but took off on foot.

“No matter what, if the truck was stolen or if they were drunk, they should’ve stayed at the scene,” said Genslinger. “Everything happened so quick. There was nothing I could do.”

Police say a Nissan Versa traveling westbound on Outer Loop then struck the Jetta from the initial crash, which was sitting sideways in the westbound lanes following the first crash. 

The driver of the Nissan and Jetta were both transported to University Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Louisville Metro Police tipline at 574-LMPD (5673).

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