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Survivor's condition upgraded after deadly hit-and-run in Valley Station

1 killed, 1 in ICU after two friends run over in Valley Station
Published: Sep. 6, 2015 at 2:10 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2015 at 2:10 PM EDT
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Joan Hardin (Source: Family Photo)
Joan Hardin (Source: Family Photo)
Tracy Stovall (Source: Family Photo)
Tracy Stovall (Source: Family Photo)
Wade Hardin (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Wade Hardin (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The two women were hit on Alanadale Drive. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The two women were hit on Alanadale Drive. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Joan Hardin's condition was upgraded to stable on Monday. (Source: family photo)
Joan Hardin's condition was upgraded to stable on Monday. (Source: family photo)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two women were struck by a car in Valley Station, leaving one dead and the other fighting for her life.

Family members identified the women as 43-year-old Joan Hardin and her best friend Tracy Stovall.

Wade Hardin said his wife and Stovall left their home in Valley Downs, just before 3 Sunday morning, walking toward Circle K on Valley Station Road. They were walking to get cigarettes and drinks, said Hardin.

Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said the two women were walking west on Alanadale Drive, and around 3:15 a.m., a vehicle hit them from behind. The vehicle then left the scene, Smiley said.

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Neighbor Tim Childress lives on Alanadale Drive and said the crime happened right in front of his home. His mother was inside when she heard women screaming for help.

"The women shouted 'We have just been robbed!'" said Childress.

Childress described the scene as "gruesome".

"This isn't a simple hit and run," said Childress. "This doesn't look like someone who left because they didn't have insurance or someone who was drinking and driving, it looks deliberate."

A nurse happened to drive through moments after the women were run over. She stopped and assisted until EMS arrived.

Joan couldn't move because she was so hurt, said Childress. "Her friend was so injured, all they could do was just look at each other."

Meanwhile, Wade began to worry and left on foot in search for the women. When he saw the red and blue lights, he said his heart sunk.

"It is like I was standing in space," said Hardin.

Both women were taken to University of Louisville Hospital. Stovall died at the hospital. Hardin said his wife was in ICU. Her condition was upgraded to stable on Monday.

"All of her ribs are broken. She has a punctured lung and a laceration on her liver. Her back is broken in two places," said Hardin.

Police have limited information about the vehicle involved in the crash, except that it is either black or dark in color.

Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous tipline at 574-LMPD.

The traffic unit of the Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating.

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