NEWTON, Kan. (KAKE) - The woman killed in Monday's fatal hit-and-run in Newton has been identified.

According to The Anabaptist World Inc., an independent Mennonite news publication, 64-year-old Laurie Oswald Robinson was struck by a car while on a morning walk on a rural road southeast of Newton on Monday while she was training for the Kansas Camino Walk.

The crash happened on SE 24th Street just east of I-135. It is believed a vehicle came over the 24th Street bridge and stuck the woman in the early-morning hours, knocking her down the embankment. 

A truck driver reported the body at around 9 a.m. 

The publication says Robinson was a Mennonite/Catholic journalist who wrote and edited for Mennonite publications and church agencies for 26 years.

"Laurie was a passionate journalist who excelled at stories of all kinds, especially personal profiles,” said Paul Schrag, AW editor. “Her impact on the national church as a storyteller and reporter was immense. Her intense faith, enthusiasm and kindness touched countless lives.”

Robinson was born on July 14, 1959, in Fort Dodge, Iowa and graduated from Goshen College in 1983, according to AW. After college, she worked for two Kansas newspapers the Junction City Union and Salina Journal, and was a contributing editor for With, a Mennonite youth magazine. 

In addition to her work as a journalist, the AW says Robinson authored and co-authored two books, led writing workshops in her community and founded a business, Tales of the Times, which helped people write their life stories. Before her death, she had just completed her third book for her own family, the newspaper said.

Newton police arrested 23-year-old Samara Maple, of Hutchinson, on Tuesday in connection to Robinson's death. Maple was booked into Harvey County Jail for failure to stop at an accident resulting in death, which is a felony, the Newton Police Department said Tuesday on Facebook. "She is being held without bond."

Robinson is survived by her husband, Al, whom she married in 2005;  and siblings Jane Lambert (Vaughn) of Salina, Kan., Neil Oswald (Kathy) of Manson, Iowa, and Brian Oswald (Patty) of Chicago, per the AW. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul; mother, Dorothy; and a sister, Paula.

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