Elderly woman hit by car on way to church

January 19, 2009 9:02:10 PM PST
Police believe 80-year-old Qui Tran was walking to St. Maria Goretti Church in San Jose when she was hit by a car on Senter Road Monday morning. The driver stopped, got out and pulled her to the side of the road before fleeing the scene.

Tran is a devoted and humble parishioner who attends mass daily, Monsignor Dominic Dinh Do said.

Tran was crossing Senter Road at a point where there are six lanes of traffic and a center turn lane. She was struck down right before the 8 a.m. mass.

"The driver of the vehicle stopped and actually took the time to move the female from the location in the street away out of traffic," San Jose Police Department spokesperson Sergeant Ronnie Lopez said.

At that point though, the driver took off.

The church is located between two distant crosswalks -- one at Southside Drive and the other at Lewis Road. One of the priests is urging the person responsible to turn themselves in to police.

"I understand it is not easy to be accountable, especially if you are afraid," the Reverend Randy Valenton said.

Tran's family requested Do visit her at Valley Medical Center, which he did. While they are saddened by this morning's event, they have also forgiven the hit-and-run driver, Do said.

"I met with her son and that is an accident, nobody wants accident," Do said.


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