RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police on Tuesday released the name of a 73-year-old killed after being struck by a car while walking on Forest Hill Avenue.
Nancy Ferris was walking in the crosswalk at the entrance to the Granite Hill shopping center when she was hit by a car turning into the shopping center, driven by 26-year-old Montrel Ross around 7:40 a.m. on Sunday, according to Richmond Police.
"It was 10 minutes after she left, and I told her be careful like I always told her," her 54-year-old son, Dan, said. "God, I wish I would have been with her." It happened just two days before her 74th birthday.
Dan said he lived with his mother on Glyndon Lane. She was his sole supporter as he deals with a chronic disease that keeps him from working. "We were a team. Sometimes, we were like an old married couple," he described.
He said Ferris worked in Richmond's legal community as a records manager for three decades and describes her as loving and adventurous. "Just this last June she went out and did a Segway tour of Chicago, and she was the only one in the group that didn't require instruction because she was already Segway experienced," Dan said.
Just two days before the accident, Ferris expressed her excitement on Facebook about the upcoming holiday with a post that said, "Almost time to begin gift shopping. I hold to my rule of no purchases until after Thanksgiving, but a girl needs to plan!"
Ross was turning into the shopping center when he hit Ferris, according to investigators. He now faces a reckless driving charge and police expect more charges to be filed.
She was rushed to the hospital with multiple injuries, where she would later die as her son was holding her hand.
Ferris also leaves behind two other children. Dan said they plan to have funeral services for her next week, both in Richmond and near her home town of Covington.
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