BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Investigators have identified a woman who was hit and killed while walking on Market Street in Boardman.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 84-year-old Dolores Snyder, of Boardman, was walking southbound on Market Street when she was hit by a van traveling northbound.
The crash happened about 7 a.m. Monday near Forest Lake Drive.
Highway Patrol identified the driver of the 1996 Chevrolet van as 65-year-old William Heckman, of Boardman. Investigators said Heckman was uninjured and went to the police station to report the accident.
“That’s what his mind told him to do,” said Highway Patrol Lt. Jerad Sutton. “He knew he was close to the police department. He lived in Boardman his whole life, so his way of getting the police notified the quickest was going right back to the police.”
Sutton said it was unlit at the time, with the sun just coming up. Heckman had just left the YMCA, where he was working out, and he was traveling to his home.
Snyder did not have any identification on her at the time of the crash. Highway Patrol provided her description to the media, hoping someone would be able to identify her.
She was identified by a news viewer, according to Highway Patrol.
Snyder was less than a mile away from her home. Investigators believe Snyder suffered a medical condition that caused her to leave her home and start walking in the middle of the traffic lane.
Multiple people called 911 to report seeing Snyder walking around the area.
Highway Patrol said this isn’t the first time that they’ve been called due to an elderly person with a medical condition walking around.
“It’s always important to remember, if you see someone elderly walking around at an abnormal time, call your local police department. Report that. Make sure we can get them the help they need,” Sutton said.
Anyone who witnessed Snyder walking in the roadway is encouraged to call the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Canfield Post at 330-533-6866.
The crash remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed yet.