UPDATE: 60-year-old woman hit by truck in critical condition, police say
POSTED: Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 12:45am
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 8:36pm
EL PASO (KTSM) — UPDATE:
El Paso police have identified the woman hit Saturday night in downtown El Paso as Angela Nava, 60. Late Tuesday night, those who started a Go Fund Me account for the woman they know as the “Candy Lady” changed the site to a memorial fund indicating the woman has passed away. El Paso Police have not yet confirmed that information.
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Candy and chips scattered on the roads, after police say a 60-year-old woman was hit by a truck near Mesa and Missouri Saturday night. She is known locally as the "Candy Lady" and has been selling chips and candy for years in downtown bars.
Police say the driver is a 26-year-old man from Juarez.
"This was only her proper way of means for surviving," said Javier Ramos, who works at Club Alive near where the accident happened.
"It's our patron. She comes here in our area, where we call the gay district, in El Paso. She goes to all the bars, plus, she walks all the way to up the Cincinnati district all by herself," said Ramos.
Ramos said he has been in the district for about 8 years, and has seen her frequently.
"After a long night at the bar, no money, and she'll be able to say, 'Hey, don't worry about it mijo. I got you, here you go,'" he said.
Messages of condolences have been all over social media. On our Facebook page, Vanessa Duran said "So sad! I hope she fully recovers! Such a sweet and humorous lady."
Marie Garachana said "I hope she recovers, she is a very nice lady, god bless her."
There have also been "get well soon fund" boxes set up at various bars downtown.
We spoke with Edward Gallardo III with El Paso Sun City Pride. He said several bars are joining together to set up a benefit, about 6 "get well soon fund" boxes, a Go Fund Me account, and a Wells Fargo Bank account for her. Gallargo said they are hoping to donate $3,500.
"We developed that kind of relationship where she trusted you. And that's hard to find, especially nowadays. There's going to be a void to be filled," said Ramos.
El Paso police say a 60-year-old woman was hit by a truck Saturday night in downtown and is in critical condition at UMC.
It happened on Mesa and Missouri right by the Chase drive-by ATMs shortly after 10 p.m.
Police say the driver of the white Ford truck is a 26 year-old man from Juárez.
The woman was crossing Mesa St. when the truck turning left from Missouri struck her, according to police.
The driver at the scene is cooperating with investigators and no charges are pending at this time.
A woman is fighting for her life after Special Traffic Investigators say a truck hit her.
The crash happened late Saturday night at Mesa and Missouri in downtown El Paso, in front of the Chase drive-by ATMs.
Witnesses say the victim is an elderly woman, locally known as the 'candy lady,' who sells candy and chips around downtown El Paso.
News Channel 9 was at the scene. Bags of candy and chips covered in blood were lying on Mesa St.
STI says the woman is at the University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
News Channel 9 will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.