Lexington police were searching for a car that was involved in a motorcycle accident early Saturday that resulted in a woman's death.
Mary Anne Reynolds-Drury, 39, of Lexington, was riding her motorcycle in the outbound lane of Leestown Road after midnight when she hit the rear bumper of a black BMW, sending the motorcycle into the inbound lane where it was struck by another vehicle, Lt. Jody Powers said Monday.
The person driving the BMW drove off.
Powers said he did not have any other details about the crash. He said investigators are hoping the public has seen the vehicle with damage on the back bumper.
The crash occurred at 12:09 a.m. near the intersection of Leestown Road and Robinson Way, police have said.
Emmanuel Smith, who lives near the scene of the crash, was one of the first to respond. Smith said he heard a crash outside of his home and investigated.
He saw a motorcycle on the side of the road and called 911. Smith said other motorists stopped and performed CPR.
Smith said there was no lighting on the road when the accident happened. Leestown Road is undergoing a widening project that will add three lanes to the now two-lane road.
Reynolds-Drury was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where she was pronounced dead of multiple blunt force injuries.
Family members declined to comment.
Friends remembered Reynolds-Drury as a kind and loving person.
Reynolds-Drury was the owner and business manager of A-1 Portable Buildings and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
She also had an interest in horses, the outdoors, motorcycles and Jiu Jitsu, according to an obituary submitted to the Herald-Leader.
Rick Reams, who served as Reynolds-Drury's youth counselor at Calvary Baptist Church during her middle and high school years, said she was very active at the church.
"The one thing I remember most about her is she was one that always wanted everyone to feel included in the youth group ..." Reams said.
Reams said there were times when her youth group was meeting and Reynolds-Drury would notice someone not fully involved. He said she would sit with the group member until they felt comfortable joining the rest of the group.
Reynolds-Drury's passions were not confined to the church, however. As the owner of multiple cats, she also was active in animal rights.
Associates of Reynolds-Drury said she would cry upon seeing animals in cages at pet stores, Reams said.
"That kind of shows her, I think, her attitudes towards everyone," Reams said. "It just wasn't humans. It was animals and everything else."
Rémy Simpson, president of Paws4theCause, an animal shelter on Newtown Pike, said Reynolds-Drury was "very strong in her personal convictions."
Simpson said he was still in shock because of the loss.
"She was the best kind of person," Simspon said. "Somebody you would want on your side. Just a very strong and resilient and kind-hearted person. It's just a loss."
During this year's 4th of July parade, Paws4theCause will host an event where motorcyclists will ride down Main Street in honor of Reynolds-Drury.
Reams will be one of the speakers at her funeral.
"I want that to be a time of celebration of her life," Reams said.
Reynolds-Drury is survived by her wife, Debbie Reynolds-Drury; son, Alexander Thomas Reynolds-Drury; brother, Brian Reynolds, and his wife Misti; a niece Kristen Devery; and grandparents, Ivan and Mary Cummins, Orville and Anne Reynolds, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Herald-Leader reporter Justin Madden contributed to this story. Trey Crumbie: 859-552-7616. Twitter: TreyCrumbieHL.