Jessica McChesney, 26, was leaving a party when she was struck by a vehicle. The driver never stopped to check on her. Jessica was left helplessly lying on the road.
Jessica was crossing the intersection of Baum Boulevard and Morewood Avenue when she was struck by a Toyota RAV4 driving east. Following the incident, she was rushed to the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh where she later died as a result of her injuries. Jessica was pronounced dead shortly after 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Following Jessica’s death, Pittsburgh police launched a manhunt for the driver of the vehicle that struck Jessica. According to a report from Trib Live, an unnamed witness came forward and identified the driver as 21-year-old Kyle O’Connor.
The witness said that O’Connor had told him that he had hit a woman and that she had rolled into his windshield. He also said that he stopped but decided to take off because he was intoxicated. O’Connor reportedly said he drank eight beers before he struck Jessica.
Police managed to obtain surveillance footage showing O’Connor’s gray RAV4 driving through the intersection. Debris found at the scene also matched to the suspect’s vehicle. When investigators arrived at O’Connor’s Graham Street residence, the 21-year-old immediately admitted he “was in an accident” and that he is willing to “take full responsibility for it.”
Jessica graduated 2011 from West Virginia University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business, specializing in Marketing while pursuing a minor in Spanish. According to her obituary, Jessica leaves behind a big family made up of her parents, three siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.
Meanwhile, Jessica’s boyfriend J.T. Seelman is heartbroken but relieved that justice has been found. He told CBS Pittsburgh, “This is a 21-year-old kid who made a really awful, horrible decision that not only impacted his life, it impacted everybody, so many people.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Jessica’s family pay for her funeral expenses. Jessica’s funeral mass will be on Friday at the St. Teresa Roman Catholic Church in Union City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made out to the West Virginia Business Fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi where Jessica served as an officer.