Family members are mourning the loss of their grandmother who was killed while riding her motorized wheelchair to the store in Valencia Park early Monday.
Police are searching for a driver who struck and killed Gloria Williams, 62, a grandmother to seven who all describe her as the matriarch of the family.
Williams was riding her wheelchair along Euclid Avenue when she was struck by a vehicle traveling the same direction just before 4 a.m., the San Diego Police Department said.
The dark-colored suspect vehicle took off from the scene, and Williams died from her injuries despite first aid efforts from witnesses and paramedics.
The sudden loss is taking a terrible toll on the family.
Five years ago, a stroke forced Williams to use a walker, then just two weeks ago she got a motorized wheelchair and was able to get out of the apartment.
Family members said she was hit on her way to the store only a few blocks away from her house.
"It's bad, we're trying to be OK but we're just going to take it one day at a time," Williams' grandson Deante Roberts said. Roberts and his daughter both lived with Williams.
Roberts described his grandmother as a straight talker, and said moving forward without her wasn't going to be easy.
"She was really honest. She never lied," Roberts said.
Witnesses described the suspect vehicle as a dark-colored car, according to SDPD investigators.
No other information was available.
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