CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A 73-year-old woman was hit and killed by a vehicle while crossing the street in Chesterfield County.
Police were called to the10720 block of Hull Street Road around 5:52 p.m. on Thursday.
Officials said Karen Grkovic, of North Chesterfield, was crossing the road when she was struck by Kevin M. Caldwell, 36, who was turning west onto Hull Street Road from Speeks Drive.
Grkovic was taken to the hospital where she later died. Police are still investigating, but they believe the woman was carrying groceries when she was hit.
Caldwell remained at the scene. He was given a summons for failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian.
Neighbors often saw Grkovic walking along Hull Street Road.
"She was a small framed lady and she just had that napsack, always walking up and down the road here," said one woman.
They say she often kept to herself, but was considered a "neighborhood staple," who possibly walked several miles a day, getting to and from the store or other places.
"Last week, I saw her bring a whole mailbox and put it up herself," explained neighbor, Abby Kusterbeck. "You know, she carried that all the way here from somewhere, and that's pretty awesome."
Kusterbeck said the neighborhood tried their best to check on Grkovic, who had lived in the area for decades. Kusterbeck hopes Grkovic's grieving family knows she was looked after in some way.
"[We] tried to make sure she was okay. When the power went off or snow came, people were always checking on her," she said. "She did have people who cared, and we were all there for her, whether she knew it or not."
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