An elderly woman has died after being struck in a hit-and-run crash in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday.
The crash happened around 12:30 p.m in the parking lot of the Cambridge Housing Authority building on Erie Street, according to Cambridge police. The Middlesex County District Attorney's Office said Thursday night that the driver had been arrested.
When officers arrived at the scene, they located an 80-year-old woman, who had been pushing a "wheeled walker."
Police said the victim, whose name has not been released, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Cambridge Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Several neighbors, some who knew the victim, were shocked to hear of the crash.
"She's a sweet, little old lady that lives on the third floor," said neighbor Susan Batista. "It's awful. How can somebody hit somebody and just take off? I don’t get it."
Red Mitchell, who lives in the victim's building, said drivers need to be more aware when elderly are around.
"When there's a senior like that, you must always be aware of their comings and goings," Mitchell said.
The DA's office said later Thursday night that 41-year-old Ashley Monturio of Pembroke had been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death.
Initially, police said the victim was in a wheelchair, but then later said she was using a walker with a seat.
The investigation is ongoing.