The Army and family members are looking for answers in the death of a Louisiana recruiter who was struck and killed by a car on Oct. 28.

Staff Sgt. Donisha Stroman, 25, and a friend were coming home from a night out and had pulled over to the side of the road in Lake Charles, Louisiana, when Stroman was struck by a light-colored truck, according to an Army Recruiting Command spokesman.

Stroman and a friend had gotten out of the car to look for a jewelry box that had fallen from another friend's vehicle, according to the Lake Charles Police Department

"And that's when Sgt. Stroman was struck by a passing vehicle and the driver left the scene," Brian Sutton, the Recruiting Command spokesman, told Army Times on Monday.

The incident happened about 11:23 p.m. Oct. 28 on the shoulder of McNeese Street near the intersection of South Park Road, according to the Lake Charles Police Department. 

Stroman's friend told police the suspect vehicle was a light-colored truck, possibly white, gray or silver. Any damage to the vehicle would be located in the front bumper area, police said.

Stroman was taken to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries, police said.

The Louisiana native, a patient administration specialist who enlisted in 2010 and deployed to Iraq in 2011, was on recruiting duty in Baton Rouge, Sutton said.

She was well-loved at her command, he added, and was preparing to switch her military occupational specialty in order to spend the rest of her career as a recruiter.

"To have something like this happen with such an amazing person is absolutely heartbreaking," Sutton said. "We want to make sure we find out who did it and make sure her family is taken care of."

The Lake Charles Police Department is accepting tips on the case at (337) 377-1306.

Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members. Follow on Twitter @Meghann_MT

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