SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

July 2, 2013

Police search for hit-run driver

By Jonathan Phelps
Staff writer

---- — SALEM — Police are still on the lookout for the driver of a car involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident on Loring Avenue Saturday morning.

Feliksa Mieszczanska, 83, of 466 Loring Ave., was pronounced dead after being transported to Salem Hospital. Police responded after receiving 911 calls at 9:08 a.m.

“We received calls,” said Detective Daniel Tucker. “We appreciate all the calls and are looking into each of them.”

He would not say if police have identified a suspect or person of interest in the fatal pedestrian crash.

Police are also looking to speak with anyone who helped Mieszczanska after she was struck, including a man who took off a green shirt to help, Tucker said.

Theresa Zak, one of Feliksa Mieszczanska’s nieces, said her aunt, before being struck, was crossing the street to dispose of weeds from her garden.

The house is located on a busy stretch of road with a posted speed limit of 30 mph.

Police said witnesses described seeing a small dark car, possibly a Honda or Mazda, flee the scene toward Swampscott. There likely was damage to the front end and a smashed windshield, police said.

Witnesses are encouraged to call Tucker at 978-744-0171, ext. 294 or email him at dtucker@salempd.net.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.