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July 1, 2013

Police: Hit-and-run driver kills elderly woman

SALEM — An 83-year-old Salem woman was struck and killed by a passing car Saturday morning as she crossed Loring Avenue in front of her home, police said.

The driver of the car did not stop and continued toward Swampscott, Detective Daniel Tucker said yesterday.

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

“I can still see her on the street. I saw her lying there,” said her sister Laura Mieszczanska, 80, yesterday. “I tried to call to her, but she didn’t answer.”

The two sisters had lived together their entire lives and in that home for the past 15 years. Neither married or had children, the family said.

“I can’t believe I lost my angel,” Mieszczanska 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. With a section of woods across the street from her home, this is something she did every so often, Zak said.

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

“We are upset that the person didn’t stop,” she said. “We always know she looked both ways.”

Zak said traffic must have been light when her aunt was crossing, because there have been few witnesses to help police identify the driver.

“There are no skid marks,” she said.

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

During the accident, a neighbor recalled hearing a “thump” and called 911 after seeing Mieszczanska in the street.

“One of them called me and said, ‘Your aunt has been hit.’ I was panicking. I wanted to hang up and rush over,” Zak said.

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