Police hope witnesses come forward

Motorists, travelers in the area encouraged to call the department


Bellefontaine police are asking any motorists, who were traveling near the 900 block of south Main Street around the time Gunnery Sgt. Monica Plank was struck by a vehicle, to call the department.

“We’d like them to contact us even if they don’t think they saw anything,” Lt. Rick Herring said this morning.

“The time frame just before and immediately after is very important. If people were southbound approaching the crash site, they may have observed the vehicle without knowing it.”

Gunnery Sgt. Plank, 34, of Stafford, Va., was walking northbound in the street and was struck by a northbound vehicle around 12:17 a.m. on the Blue Jacket Creek overpass in the 900 block of south Main Street.

She later died from the injuries.

She and her husband, Gunnery Sgt. Chris Plank, a Logan County native, were on leave visiting his family in the area.

He was reportedly some distance behind her trying to convince her to stop when she was struck.

Lt. Herring said the suspect vehicle, which was driven from the scene, most likely has damage to the passenger side.

He said officers continue to review evidence collected thus far. They continue efforts to identify potential witnesses.

Anyone with information about the crash or who may have been traveling in the area at that time or has observed recent damage to the passenger side of a vehicle is asked to contact the Bellefontaine Police Department at 599-1010 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monica Plank served a tour in Afghanistan from August 2010 to May 2011 with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467, achieving the rank of gunnery sergeant in 2009.

A 16 1⁄2 -year Marine, she was serving as a sergeant instructor at Marine Corps Officer Candidates School, Quantico, Va., and was a member of a team that trained platoons of Marine Corps officer candidates.

A funeral is at noon Saturday at the West Liberty United Church of Christ, West Liberty, where visitation begins at 10:30 a.m. Burial with full military honors is in Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty.