82-year-old woman fatally struck by vehicle on US 301 in Dade City

Posted at 9:43 AM, Jan 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-03 17:18:04-05

An 82-year-old woman was fatally struck by a vehicle on US 301 and Morningside Drive in Dade City early Tuesday morning. 

The woman has been identified as Mary F. Waddell.

Police say the incident occurred at approximately 6:40 a.m.

US 301 was closed in both directions at the intersection while police investigated the crash. A detour has been set up in the shopping center near the intersection. 

Police say the victim was walking westbound just south of a marked crosswalk when she was hit by a vehicle traveling southbound. The victim was wearing dark clothes and police are unsure if she had the right away at the time of the crash. 

The driver was not charged in the crash.

Her daughter Edwina Jordan describes her mother as sweet and that she loved her family. 

"We are all going to miss her," she said in a written statement.

Sharon Rummell lived a few doors down from Waddell and says the 82-year-old was an active member in her community, a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles club in Dade City. 

"She was like a mom," she said. 

She says Waddell would walk every day from her Dade City apartment, less than 10 minutes away from where the accident happened. 

"I already feel a hole in my heart," said Rummell, "I think everybody does." 

The investigation continues. 



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