Katie Moore, 26, was walking along Highway 105 near FM 1725 around 1 a.m. Saturday when she was struck by a vehicle and killed.
Moore’s husband, Terry, said she’d gone for a walk late at night. She was talking to him on her cell phone seconds before she was hit. Her final words will forever haunt him.
"She said, ‘I love you,’ and I said, ‘I love you too, I’m on my way.’ She said, ‘Hold on, let me get out of the way of this big truck,’" Terry Moore remembered. "
That’s when the phone went dead.
Terry Moore rushed out the door to pick her up. He was driving along Highway 105 when his heart sank. He spotted debris from Katie’s purse and a flashlight she’d been carrying.
"I grabbed her flashlight. I was screaming for her and screaming for her," Terry Moore said.
A few minutes later, he found his wife’s lifeless body in a ditch.
Authorities said they found nearly 100 pieces of evidence at the scene, including a broken headlight from a Dodge pickup.
They say there were no skid marks.
Moore and his family formed search parties and combed the area in search of pickup trucks with damage.
"If there was a Dodge truck sitting in the back, we went up and checked it because we wanted to know for sure," said Cheryl Frazier, Katie’s aunt.
They found one belonging to a 24-year-old man who later surrendered to police. He is the son of a Cleveland Police Department employee.
The suspect, whose name hasn’t been released, told police he thought he’d hit a deer.
Moore’s family isn’t buying that. They said Katie Moore was wearing a white shirt and carrying a flashlight and a glow-in-the-dark cell phone. She was walking in the grass off to the side of the road.
The suspect’s Dodge pickup was seized and police said it has damage to the right front-end, including a broken headlight.
Moore’s family is upset that no charges have been filed in the case.
"You should be ashamed for what you did," Moore said. "Her babies needed her. I needed her."
Moore said he and Katie were high school sweethearts. They have two young sons.
"She was a mama, she was a wife, she was a daughter. She was loved. She didn’t deserve this," Moore said.
Katie also had tow children. Preston, age 4 and Jordan, age 3.
Her funeral will be at Pace Stancil in Cleveland at 11am Tuesday, July 27, 2010.
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