City of Poughkeepsie police are investigating a possible hit-and-run in the death of an 18-year-old woman found Wednesday night on a city street.
Poughkeepsie High School senior Shequila Brown was struck about 8:40 p.m. on the eastbound arterial (Church Street) near St. Mary's Church, just east of South Hamilton Street, city police Lt. Ed Freer said in a statement Thursday.
Responding officers were sent to the scene at 8:44 and found Brown critically injured in the road. She was brought to Saint Francis Hospital in the Town of Poughkeepsie, where she was declared dead.
There is no evidence Brown was shot and the incident is being treated as a hit-and-run, police said.
An autopsy Thursday morning determined Brown died of "multiple blunt impact trauma," Dutchess County Medical Examiner Dr. Kari Reiber said.
"She was one of the sweetest kids I've known in my 13 years in the school district," Poughkeepsie High School Principal Edgar Glascott said. "She was one of those kids that everybody knew. Just a great, great kid."
Brown was interested in studying criminal law and at Marist College, Glascott said. She participated in the school's college-prep program in conjunction with Marist and was a member of the school's "Sister 2 Sister" personal development program and its Gay-Straight Alliance, Glascott said.
"It's been an extra tough day," Glascott said. "It's going to be extra tough the next couple of days."
District Superintendent Laval Wilson, school board president Ralph Coates and other district officials were at the high school throughout the day, as were a team of grief counselors that were brought in to help students and staff cope with the loss, district spokeswoman Eileen Scholes said.
A man who answered the phone at Brown's North Clinton Street residence identified himself as her uncle and said the family did not wish to comment.
No funeral arrangements had been set as of Thursday afternoon, Glascott said.
Police are asking anyone who was in the area at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday or who might have other information on the incident to call them at 845-451-7577. All calls will be kept confidential.