CLEVELAND — Family members of an 81-year-old woman who died Wednesday morning after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on the city’s west side are asking the public to help identify her killer.
Maxine Lobins, a retired school teacher with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, walked with her walker the few blocks from her retirement home to a Kamm's Corners Steak 'n Shake, where she ate breakfast.
She was heading home when she was struck.
A preliminary investigation revealed that Lobins tried to cross at a crosswalk on Lorain Avenue west of Rocky River Drive just before 8:30 Wednesday morning, when she was hit by a dark-colored SUV.
The driver never stopped and continued eastbound on Lorain Avenue.
Lobins was rushed to nearby Fairview Hospital, where she died.
"She was independent, fiercely independent, very friendly, open," said her son, Norman Lobins, on the phone from New Jersey. "I don't know how somebody could be so heartless to leave an old woman in the street like that without trying to help, without doing anything."
She had children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her family is urging anyone with information as to who hit her to do the right thing.
"Come forward, it would certainly help us get some closure and somebody who did this needs help and certainly needs to be responsible for what they did," Norman Lobins said.
One woman, who heard the accident, says whoever did this needs to come forward.
“I think they should have stopped to see if she was all right. It was very inconsiderate that they took off. It wasn’t real busy, but the drivers around here are pretty inconsiderate. They won’t stop for you if you need to cross,” the woman said.
Police are gathering surveillance video in hopes of finding the driver.
Call Cleveland police if you know anything about the hit and run.