Son Reacts to New Details in Mom’s Hit-Skip Death
CLEVELAND — The driver involved in the fatal hit-and-run crash that killed an elderly woman last month has been identified, the Cleveland Division of Police announced Tuesday.
Police say they believe a 16-year-old Fairview Park girl was the driver who fatally struck 81-year-old Maxine Lobins on January 9.
It was a relief and painful reminder for Maxine’s son, Raymond Lobins, of Concord Township.
“Having to go look at the body and talk to the officers and the police about their investigation, which they’ve been helpful, but it’s been a grind,” said Raymond.
Maxine, a retired school teacher, was trying to cross Lorain Avenue with her walker after having breakfast at a Steak ‘n Shake near her retirement home.
That’s when, police say, she was hit by a black SUV that did not stop, and continued eastbound on Lorain Avenue.
Through investigative leads, interviews and with the assistance of the Fairview Park Police Department, Cleveland police detectives were able to identify the suspect vehicle as a black 2013 GMC Arcadia SUV.
“To be found that far away from the walker and not know that you actually hit somebody is a bit concerning,” said Raymond. “Should this person ever be allowed to be driving, and if she did, why was she driving a tank, basically?”
The case has been presented to the Juvenile Prosecutor’s Office for review, police said.
The driver’s name has not yet been released because of the pending charges. She has not been arrested.
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– Fox 8 reporter Melissa Reid contributed to this report.