Thursday, October 6, 2011

EXCLUSIVE: The Family of a Woman Killed While Walking Her Dogs Speak Out

By Matt Kroschel

CLIFTON- The woman who was struck by a driver as she walked her dog Sunday in Clifton has died in the hospital. Family members told NewsChannel 5 50-year-old Darinda Brown died of her injuries in Saint Mary's Hospital Thursday afternoon.

According to CSP, Brown was taking a walk with her granddaughter and dog when the accident happened.

21-year-old Joseph Weixel was driving the GMC Suburban SUV when he turned the corner, driving partially on the sidewalk. Brown's granddaughter jumped out of the way, but Brown herself was hit by the truck's left rear tire. The dog was killed and Brown was taken to St. Mary's Hospital with serious injuries.

Officials say there is reason to believe alcohol or drugs, and possibly speed, were factors in the crash. Weixel was arrested and could face some pretty serious charges. Neighbors who saw the accident say it's not the first time they've seen out-of-control drivers in their neighborhood

"He was going fast and I don't go for that. There's a lot of cars that go by fast. He's not the only one," explained Lora Tineo, who lives right near where the accident happened.