Urbana woman dies after jumping from truck and being hit by a car

A woman from Urbana died from injuries she sustained after she jumped from a moving vehicle on Highway 54 in Hickory County early Thursday morning. According to the Highway Patrol, 33 year old Lacey Ritch of Urbana was a passenger in an International truck being driven by 52 year old Dennis Thomas of Urbana, when she opened the passenger door and jumped from the moving vehicle. Ritch was struck by the tandem wheels and while she was still in the roadway, Ritch was hit by a car that was also traveling westbound on Highway 54. Ritch was pronounced dead at the scene.