An 83-year-old woman was struck and killed outside an eastern Pennsylvania polling place just moments after she voted on Tuesday morning.
Marlene Raub was hit by a minivan being driven by a 78-year-old woman outside the Forks Township municipal building at 10.45am in what authorities say was an accident.
Witnesses say Raub had just cast her ballot in the midterm elections and was walking outside with a cane when the vehicle making a left turn knocked her to the ground, leaving a pair of black diabetic shoes standing in a puddle of water.
Bystanders administered first aid and attempted to revive Raub by performing CPR until paramedics arrived.
According to police, the 78-year-old female driver remained at the scene and was let go without being charged, reported NBC10.
Dozens of voters continued to walk in and out of the polling place on Zucksville Road as police investigated the deadly crash outside.
On Tuesday evening, Democratic candidate Susan Wild, who won the race against Republican Marty Nothstine in the 7th congressional district, asked her supporters for a moment of silence in Raub’s honor during her victory party at Coca-Cola Park.
‘My heart breaks for her and for her family and the idea that she was just performing her civic duty that so many in this district and across the country did today,’ Wild said.
Raub lost her husband of 52 years, World War II veteran Carl Raub, in June 2011. The couple are survived by five children, 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Raub’s long-time neighbor and fellow widow Margaret McGaughey described the elderly woman and her late husband as ‘great people’ and told The Morning Call she was not surprised that the 83-year-old ventured out into the rain on Tuesday to cast her vote.
‘She had strong opinions,’ the neighbor said. ‘She kept up with current event.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Snejana Farberov