Elderly woman killed crossing the street

An SUV struck and killed an eld­erly wo­man who was try­ing to walk across a busy North­east street dur­ing af­ter­noon rush hour on March 25.

Po­lice have filed no crim­in­al charges against the driver, who re­mained at the scene after the ac­ci­dent. It oc­curred at about 3:45 p.m. at the corner of Welsh and Blue Grass roads. Ac­cord­ing to Sgt. Joseph Rossa of the Ac­ci­dent In­vest­ig­a­tion Di­vi­sion, the 77-year-old wo­man was in the cross­walk on the east­bound side of Welsh Road in front of a Rite Aid store when a 2000 Dodge Dur­ango struck her. The vehicle had been trav­el­ing south­bound on Blue Grass be­fore turn­ing left onto east­bound Welsh.

Po­lice did not identi­fy the driver of the vehicle, a 56-year-old wo­man, or the vic­tim, who lived with­in yards of the ac­ci­dent scene on the 2600 block of Welsh Road. She was taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale and pro­nounced dead soon after her ar­rival. The in­vest­ig­a­tion is on­go­ing, Rossa said. ••

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