By Lisa Washington

RURAL VALLEY (KDKA) – State Police are investigating after a pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle in Armstrong County.

According to the coroner, the incident happened along State Route 1042 just east of Rural Valley around 4 a.m.

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Annika Strom, 22, of Rural Valley was hit by a vehicle traveling east and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver told investigators he tried to avoid hitting Strom.

“Talking to the driver of the car, he said he swerved to try to miss her and evidence does face that way,” Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers said.

State police say Strom was hit by a black Chevy Cobalt, driven by 19-year-old Matthew Hankey, also from Rural Valley. He wasn’t injured in the accident.

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It’s not known why Strom would have been walking along the rural road in the early morning hours.

“At this point, we don’t have any idea why she was there or what she was doing,” Myers said. “It was dark and I mean, she has darker clothing on so she would have been hard to see.”

The coroner says the cause of death was blunt force trauma and toxicology tests will be performed.

The investigation is ongoing. At this point, it’s unclear if the driver will face charges.

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