Traverse City Record-Eagle


September 20, 2013

Interlochen woman dies after being hit by car

TRAVERSE CITY — Authorities identified an Interlochen woman who died after being struck by a car.

Sarah Phillips, 33, died after being hit by a car Thursday at about 11 p.m. Phillips was walking in the westbound lane of U.S. 31 near Melody Lane in Green Lake Township when a vehicle driven by Traverse City resident Morgan Schonts, 19, struck her, authorities said.

Grand Traverse County sheriff's deputies originally were dispatched to reports of a pedestrian in dark clothing walking in the middle of M-137, Grand Traverse County sheriff's Capt. Dave Meachum said.

There was no sign of anyone walking there, so a deputy turned onto U.S. 31 and came upon the accident scene.

Investigators believe Phillips was walking in the middle of the road when she was hit.

The incident remains under investigation.


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