LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The investigation continues to develop into the death of an elderly woman who was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning in Lauderdale County.
According to law enforcement, the driver of the vehicle who struck the woman didn’t stick around.
They say the driver kept going, and may not even be aware someone was killed.
Authorities said the woman was killed while trying to cross Alabama Highway 20 North, three miles from the Tennessee state line, to get her morning cup of coffee.
The incident happened just after 8 a.m.
As Alabama State Troopers document a disturbing scene on Highway 20, the family members of 71-year-old Wilma Darlene Carlis gathered in front of the D and R Hardware Store.
Carlis lived across the street from the hardware store, and would walk there every morning for a cup of coffee.
Wednesday morning’s walk was just part of her routine.
“Apparently she was crossing the street and tripped and fell and the vehicle struck her,” explained Deputy Brett Martin with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputy Martin says it appears Carlis may have been on all fours when she was hit by an oncoming vehicle.
Authorities said they are not ruling out the fact that the driver may have not seen Carlis, or may have even mistaken her for an animal.
With no eyewitnesses, troopers and deputies are asking for the public’s help.
“If you saw a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed southbound, which would have been towards Florence, if you have a description of that vehicle you could let us know,” stated Martin.
One particular vehicle they want to locate is a tan or champagne colored Chevrolet 4×4 truck which may have a lift kit on it.
It was seen going south on Hwy. 20 with its flashers on after the incident.
If you can offer any information about this vehicle or the incident, please call the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office at (256) 760-5757 or the Alabama Quad Cities State Trooper Post at (256) 383-9212.