ATLANTIC CITY — An 88-year-old resort woman was struck and killed Saturday while crossing Pacific Avenue, and city police stopped and seized a vehicle involved in the accident, authorities said.
Bu Do Jo was identified by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, which said an autopsy was scheduled for today.
The accident happened at about 3:50 p.m. in the 1300 block of Pacific Avenue, near Ocean Avenue. Witnesses at the scene said the woman may have been initially hit by a resort taxicab that fled. A jitney then struck the woman, witnesses said.
A release from the Prosecutor’s Office did not identify the vehicle stopped by police. It did not say whether anyone was in custody. Officials from the office were not available to comment.
Police Lt. Lee Ragozzine said the crash was still under investigation and could not confirm any details.
Witness James Thee, 51, of Atlantic City, said the victim was a resident of an apartment complex in the 1300 block of Pacific Avenue. She was a familiar face in the neighborhood, he said.
“She’s a sweet lady. She’s nice. Nobody bother her, nobody rob her,” resort resident Janie Brown, 41, said. “She really was nice. I want to put teddy bears in front of her place now.
“She was one of (those) 90-year-olds who have more energy than us young folk,” Brown added.
At the scene, resort police parked three police cars around the body, which lay in the westbound lane. A shoe, apparently knocked off in the collision, was about 20 feet away from the body. Jitney number 37 was stopped on Pacific Avenue a short distance away.
Jitney Association President Tom Woodruff said he wanted to stop erroneous information from being reported on the accident that put the jitney driver in a bad light. A review of video taken by a camera inside the jitney showed clearly that a cab first struck the woman, and that the jitney driver could not avoid striking her after she was left lying in the street, he said.
“It happened so fast,” Woodruff said. “The taxi hit her and left the scene.”
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Atlantic City Police Department are investigating.
Staff writers Lynda Cohen and Emily Previti contributed to this report.
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