Family looking for answers, police seek driver who hit elderly woman in crosswalk

Grace Williams, 80, injured Oct. 23

By Garrett Brnger - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - Police and the victim’s family are looking for a hit-and-run driver who injured an elderly woman in a crosswalk north of downtown.

Grace Williams was crossing McCullough Avenue at the intersection with East Ashby Place on Oct. 23, when police say a driver turning right onto McCullough hit the then-79-year-old woman in the crosswalk. Witnesses told police the car slowed down and then took off, but investigators still got a good description of the car and driver.

Police believe the driver is a heavyset man around 25 years old. He is described as having short hair on the sides and long on top. He was wearing a red polo shirt and glasses. His car was an older-model, black Chrysler Sebring with a small spoiler, gold lettering and a paper license plate that included the characters "P37."

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information that leads to the driver's arrest. He will likely face a charge of failure to stop and render aid.

Williams' son, Jason Mallory, said his mother was on her way to get a prescription when she was hit.

"On her way or coming back -- I think," Mallory said. "I know she was going to the doctor to get her medicine. She takes the bus. That's how she gets around town."

Mallory said his mother, who was reportedly walking east across the intersection with the signal, was knocked unconscious by the crash.

"And she woke up and then here was a crowd around her and the paramedics were taking off her clothes and getting her into the, uh, ready to take her to the hospital," he said.

Williams, who Mallory said was already considered disabled, had eight staples in the back of her head as well as soreness in her back and hips.

"It seems like her mobility is not where it used to be," he said. "She gets on the bus about probably once a week, if that now. She used to go every day -- go downtown San Antonio, and just you know, just be out."

Like police, Mallory hopes someone with information will come forward and help find the driver.

"You know, if you take off and leave somebody there to die, it's no excuse for that," he said of the driver.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers of San Antonio at 210-224-STOP.

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