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.
Feliksa Mieszczanska, who was called Fela, was one of eight siblings who immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1965 with their mother.
“They have a lot of nieces and nephews that they treat like their kids,” Zak said.
Mieszczanska retired from her job as an assembly-line worker at the Parker Brother factory at 62 years old.
“She worked there for many, many years,” Zak said. “She retired early to take care of her mother.”
She was described yesterday as being a devout Catholic who attended St. John the Baptist Church. Yesterday, the church offered prayers for her and her family during the services.
“She was quiet, very positive,” Zak said. “She never complained. She always made the best of the situations.
Many recalled she was also hospitable and loved to cook from scratch.
“Every time you came, there was food on the table,” said niece Laura Mikunewicz.
The two sisters kept an immaculate garden in the back and side yards of the home.
“She grew awesome tomatoes,” Zak said. They also grew blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and made wine from grapes grown right in the yard.
In the winter, she would cross-stitch and embroider designs on pillows and other items.
“They did not like to sit idle,” Zak said.
There were a few flower arrangements and candles set up on the sidewalk outside the home yesterday.
Laura Mieszczanska said yesterday she doesn’t want the driver punished but is disappointed the person didn’t stop and hasn’t turn himself/herself in to police.
Witnesses are encouraged to call Detective Daniel Tucker at 978-744-0171, ext. 294 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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