Mother of four is killed in hit & run

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A mother of four young children is killed in a hit and run crash and now one man is charged with murder.

State police say 37 year old Malen Mitchell was driving under the influence when he crashed into a car and left the scene.

22-year-old Tiffany Adams died.

Earl Dean Hall says he was feeding his dog just as the crash happened in front of his home on Route 979.

“I hear a thump, and I saw a white truck go through there and a tire fly off of it. When he hit that car, he just spun it around and drove it into the other car. I knew somebody got killed as bad as it was,” Hall said.

Police say the pick-up truck driver, 37 year old Malen Mitchell crossed the center line and caused the crash.

A passenger in the car he hit, 22-year-old Tiffany Adams, died at the scene.

“I run over the bank right there and see her in bad shape,” Hall said.

Witnesses say after the crash happened, the suspect left the scene and drove away.

State police say they later found Mitchell a mile and a half away on Osborne's Branch. Police say he drove there without a front tire.

“Once we determined Mr. Mitchell was under the influence, all the information and evidence gathered at the scene determined that a charge of murder would be added to him,” Shaun Little, KSP, said.

Mitchell is also charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

Adams' mother says Tiffany was recently engaged, and she leaves behind four young children.

Mitchell pleaded not guilty and is being held in the Floyd County Jail with no bond.

Visitation for Adams starts Thursday night at the Greasy Creek Freewill Baptist Church in Pike County.

Her funeral is Saturday at one o'clock at the church.

Police say two others were also injured, Judith Blankenship and Jennifer Newsome.

There's no word on their conditions.

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