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Woman dies after being hit by car in parking lot

Police call incident "tragic accident"

POSTED: December 30, 2007 5:03 a.m.

An elderly Gainesville woman died as the result of injuries she sustained when she was struck by a car in a bank parking lot, police said Wednesday.

Catherine Wilson West, 88, died Tuesday at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, a day after she fell and struck her head on the pavement of the Bank of America parking lot at 402 Washington St., Gainesville Police Lt. Brian Kelly said.

Police were called to the bank shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. Kelly said 47-year-old Joy Cash Powell was preparing to back her 2006 Cadillac out of a parking space and saw West, but she was not in her path at the time. Powell looked down momentarily, backed out the car and struck West with the right side of her bumper, police said. It appears West walked into the path of the car, Kelly said.

West was taken by ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with visible head injuries and died the following day, Kelly said. The incident remains under investigation but no charges are anticipated, Kelly said.

"It looks to be a truly tragic accident," Kelly said.



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