- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Authorities in western Pennsylvania say they were close to filing homicide charges in a fatal hit-and-run from more than four decades ago, but no charges will be filed because the suspect has died.

Officials in Fayette County said 17-year-old Nioma Sue Gallo was walking along Route 119 near Uniontown shortly before midnight in March 1970 when she was hit by a vehicle.

Her body was found the following morning. The driver and vehicle were never found, but police say the case was reopened when witnesses came forward a few weeks ago.

Prosecutors said they were preparing charges against a 73-year-old suspect when they were informed that the man had died.

District Attorney Jack Heneks declined to reveal details of the case, including whether the suspect had given authorities a statement.

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