Kennewick woman killed after being hit by car

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A 52-year-old Kennewick woman was hit by a car and killed Tuesday afternoon.

Police say Nina Howard was attempting to cross West 27th Street, near South Ely. There is no crosswalk where she was hit. The location is not at an intersection.

Howard was pronounced dead at the scene. There was plenty of witnesses who gave reports to police.

"The impact was fatal. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the paramedics, so right now we have the driver of the Chevelle that we're getting a statement from. We have a lot of witnesses. We are fortunate a lot of good people stopped to try and render aid and told us what they saw," said Kennewick Police Department Sgt. Ken Lattin.

Police have identified the driver of the car as 46-year-old Michael Johnson of Kennewick. Johnson will be booked into the Benton County Jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide.

Officers say the speed of Johnson's vehicle was a factor in the crash.

KENNEWICK POLICE NEWS RELEASE -- On April 8th, 2014 at 4:06 pm, police and paramedics were dispatched to a car vs. pedestrian collision on 27th Ave just west of Ely St. 52 year of age Nina Howard was attempting to cross the street on foot when she was struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by Michael Johnson. Johnson was driving a 1966 Chevy Nova, white in color.

All attempts to revive Nina Howard were unsuccessful. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her next of kin have been notified.
The case is still under investigation. Although Nina Howard was crossing mid-block without a crosswalk, it does appear that the speed of the vehicle was a factor in the collision.

There may have been a landscaping truck pulling a trailer that was also eastbound at the same location as Michael Johnson just before the collision occurred. The driver of that vehicle is a witness that we would like to still speak to.

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