ANDERSON — The Anderson Police Department believes the 52-year-old woman that died last Thursday was struck by a vehicle that left the scene.

Madison County Coroner Troy Abbott confirmed Monday following an autopsy conducted Sunday that the cause of death of Banita L. Mitchell was blunt-force trauma.

Abbott said Mitchell was alive before possibly being struck by a vehicle at about 2 a.m. in the 2200 block of West 16th Street.

Major Joel Sandefur of the Anderson Police Department said Mitchell’s injuries were consistent with a person that was struck by a vehicle.

Sandefur said Mitchell’s death remains under investigation.

Police found Mitchell unresponsive when they arrived on the scene Thursday morning.

Officers suspected that a vehicle may have played a role in the woman’s death, based on findings at the scene.

Anyone who has information about this incident can call the Anderson Police Department at 765-648-6775 or Crime Stoppers at 765-649-8310.

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Senior Reporter covering Anderson and Madison County government, politics and auto racing for The Herald Bulletin. Has been working as a journalist in central Indiana since 1977.