Hit and Run Takes Life of 21-Year-Old Herscher HS Grad

Erica Lynn Paulissen, 21, of Kankakee, was struck and killed at her home by a hit and run vehicle on Monday, October 14 at approximately 12:00 noon. 

She was struck as she went to check the mailbox on 1800 West near 2000 South road. She had just returned from vacation and was getting her mail when she was hit. 

Paulissen was a 2016 graduate of Herscher High School and a current student at Governors State University.

In addition, she was a Dairy Queen manager in Kankakee.

Samantha Alexander, 33, of Bonfield, has been arrested for failure to report an accident/death in connection with the hit and run, and is awaiting court appearance. She is being held without bond at the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee.