GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — A female pedestrian died and another was injured Wednesday morning when they were struck by a car on the Leipzig Avenue sidewalk near St. Andrews Drive, police said.
Friends and neighbors said the two women — Elizabeth Torpey, 67, the deceased, and Anna Jordan, 73 — lived two houses apart on Cypress Point Drive in the Blue Heron Pines golf community and walked along the paved sidewalk together every morning, as they were doing at 9:38 a.m. Wednesday when the accident occurred. Torpey, who was known as Betty, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Jordan was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Campus, in Galloway Township. Her condition was unavailable, but police said she suffered multiple injuries.
Joe Isabella, the son of Betty Torpey, said his family “completely destroyed” by the loss of his mother.
“Betty was an absolutely beautiful and amazing mother, grandmother and human being,” Isabella said. “She just recently retired and planned on spending her golden years loving and enjoying her (six) grandchildren. We are devastated beyond words.”
Police said the driver of the 2007 Honda Civic, Sharon Musher, 41, of Philadelphia, lost control of her car, which was traveling north on Leipzig. It veered off the roadway and onto the sidewalk where the two women were walking south. Musher was taken to the Mainland Campus for minor injuries.
Tire marks at the scene show the vehicle had swerved back and forth along the edge of the road before traveling across an approximately 30-foot patch of grass and onto the paved sidewalk before hitting the two women and a tree.
The north side of the tree showed indications of the crash, and pieces of shattered glass, plastic and a broken headlight were still at the scene Wednesday night.
Police said any charges in the accident are pending the outcome of their investigation.
Nancy Fiedler, a resident of Blue Heron Pines who was walking past the crash site Wednesday evening, said she did not know the women but had heard about the accident from neighbors.
She said she tried to walk along the path about 10 a.m. but was stopped by police vehicles blocking off the street. If the accident had taken place a half-hour later, she said, it may have been her that was hit.
Fiedler said the paved path is a safe route.
James Chamuras also lives in the community and took a walk to the site Wednesday night to try to make sense of the situation. He said the tire tracks that run from the road and through the wide stretch of grass cause him to believe the driver either had a medical condition, such as a seizure or a heart attack, or was driving distracted.
“It’s a terrible accident, and it could have been any of us,” Chamuras said.
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