EDGEWATER, Md. (WJLA) - An elderly woman was hit and killed by drifting car in Edgewater Monday afternoon.
Just feet from her home of more than four decades, a bizarre incident took Lee Mahony’s life during a walk she has made before many times.
"We're devastated by it -- it just doesn't make sense right now," said her son, Josh Ledbetter.
"It still hasn't hit us that our grandmother isn't here anymore," added her granddaughter, Kimberly Pike.
Mahony was walking down a hill on Chesapeake Drive, on her way to a school bus stop to pick up a neighbor’s child, when she was killed. Investigators say a man parked his car, but left it in neutral. It rolled down the hill, apparently picking ups peed as it went. With no engine, the Mustang vehicle made little to no noise as it closed in from behind on the unaware 73-year-old woman.
The owner of the car, 23-year-old David Adam Garman, noticed it rolling away, and quickly ran after it. But when it stopped, he hopped in and backed up. Only then did he realize that Mahony was pinned beneath the vehicle.
Lee and her husband Jack are fixtures in this tight-knit community – Lee was the neighbor anyone could call on for help.
"She's everybody's grandmother, she's everybody's babysitter, she's everybody's caretaker -- everybody knows her," said Kimberly Pike.
Mahoney was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.