ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Police are still looking for the driver who hit and killed a Wheatland Chili High School teacher and then left the scene.
It happened shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday near the intersection of Wilson Boulevard and Elmwood Avenue. Witnesses at the scene told police a woman was crossing Elmwood near the University of Rochester campus when she was struck by a car. Police say the driver of what is described as a older, dark colored sedan did not stop.
“Through our investigation we are going to be able to identify the year, make and model of that vehicle," said Lt. Frank Umbrino, RPD. "We have a substantial amount of physical evidence and there is also an abundance of video down in that area. At this point, we are not sure if the driver is aware that they hit Jill. Until we speak to the driver, we don’t know what happened or what that person did or didn’t see, so it’s important to hear from that driver on what exactly happened.”
The victim has been identified as Jill Skivington Jackett, a teacher at Wheatland Chili High School. Jackett taught at the school for ten years, where she also coached cross-country and directed school musicals. Jackett was an avid runner, winning the women’s competition of the Rochester Marathon in 2007 and 2008.
"I remember some of the trail races, her battling the elements and the course itself but having a great time at it,” said Mort Nace, a friend of Jackett's. “I just feel awful for the family, the pain they must be experiencing. She had a great spirit and a great energy that I know I'll miss."
Police are asking the public to help find the driver.
“Obviously now in this day and age, video is a big deal so we’re looking for any possible video we can find or anything else that will help us try and find this suspect," said Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli.