Woman killed in Kzoo hit-and-run ID’d; suspect sought

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety has released the name of the woman who was killed in a hit-and-run crash.

Police say an SUV hit 46-year-old Anita McClendan on Ada Street near N. Westnedge Avenue around 9:42 p.m. Monday.

McClendan was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she died.

Friends of the victim created a small memorial for her near where she was hit. One woman who did not want us to use her name said she has known McClendan for two decades and will be missed.

“Anita was my best friend. I’m always here for her. I hate that this happened to her and I’m praying to God that they find who did this to her and bring her some justice. Not just her but the people who loved and cared for her just as well,” the woman said.

KDPS Assistant Chief David Boysen said the vehicle was westbound on Ada Street and does not appear to have been driving at excessive speeds. McClendan was walking in the road and was not using a crosswalk.

“We believe based on what we’ve seen from the investigation, had the (driver) stopped and identified themselves, there might not be any criminal charges at all, so really the crime right now is leaving the scene of the accident,” Boysen said.

The vehicle is described as a newer black or dark color SUV. Officers believe at least two people were inside. The front seat passenger was described as a female with a ponytail and glasses.

KDPS is asking anyone in the vehicle or witnesses to come forward. If you have information that can help investigators, call KDPS at 269.337.8994 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.

McClendan’s friends say she knew how to make people smile and will always be missed.

“She could sing, she can dance and that’s what made her so popular over here on the north side,” the woman at the memorial said.