ASHEBORO, N.C. – A deadly car versus pedestrian accident in an Asheboro neighborhood killed a woman in her 90s that was crossing the street to deliver a paper to a disabled neighbor.
Mary Jane King, 92, was killed in front of her home on Shamrock Road Saturday morning.
“She tried to help everybody, she never said no to anybody, so all the neighbors around here are shaken up; they are going to miss her a lot,” said her son Don King, Sr.
According to King, Mary Jane did not have her hearing aids in her ears and likely never saw or heard the car she stepped in front of.
Asheboro Police investigated the wreck, but have not released any information about the crash or announced charges against the driver.
Friends said Mary Jane and the driver were friends and about the same age.
Those visiting the King home Saturday called the crash an accident.
They said helping her neighbor by bringing the newspaper to his porch is something she did every day.
She also walked the neighborhood daily, attended church every week and always tried to help someone in need, according to family.
Mary Jane’s other son, Mike, said he was always surprised by his mother’s energy.
He said neighbors could count on her to lead efforts to console neighbors who had lost loved ones or help out others who fell ill.
“She was my role model,” said Mike King. “I strive to be as good a person as she was and as caring as she was. She always put other people ahead of herself.”
King said compliments about his mother are coming from everywhere in the community.
“It just shows me how well thought of she was and how much she is going to be missed,” said Mike King.