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Elderly Woman Struck by Vehicle While Crossing Ayers Street

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

An elderly woman died after she was hit by a car while crossing Ayers near Roosevelt at around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Witnesses said the driver tried to swerve out of the way, but could not avoid hitting the elderly woman. Right after the accident, he jumped out of his car and tried to help her, but it was too late.

"That's my grandma," said the 75-year old victim's granddaughter, too upset for words. A swarm of people stood in shock, gazing at the aftermath; a pool of blood, a shattered windshield and the lifeless body of the 75-year old woman that friends knew as Ms. Gonzales.

"She would talk about her family and grandkids all the time," said Lydia Rosas, a friend of the victim. "Lovable. Very nice."

"Very kind person. Just walked over here and played Bingo every night," said Vicki Lloyd, another friend.

Friends said that Gonzales went to the Corpus Christi Bingo Center every night. It was a ritual she practiced for decades. An empty chair now marks the spot where she always sat.

"She would sit right there in the back," Lloyd said. "When you walk in the door, you expect to see her."

Gonzales was walking from her house to the Bingo hall when she was hit; something friends say always made them nervous.

"You got to be careful. Someone's going to hit you," Lloyd said. "Watch it. These people don't care. They can't see."

Police said the 54-year old driver of the vehicle that hit Gonzales remained on scene, and at this point will not face any citations or charges. Police said he could not avoid striking the woman.

"I was about 40 feet behind," said a witness, who did not want to be identified. "Thought they were swerving for a dog, but passed by and there was a body there."

The crowd stood silent, with heavy hearts, as medics lifted the victim's body into an ambulance. Family members consoled each other at the scene, still coming to terms with what happened.

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