The rainy and tragic scene of a pedestrian hit-and-run that killed a 71-year-old woman as she crossed a downtown street after dinner.
"This is a high priority investigation right now. We have a lot of resources on it. We are following up on leads and any lead we can get we will follow up on immediately," Rutland Police Chief James Baker said.
Police say just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, Mary Jane Outslay was crossing Strongs Avenue after dinner at the Palms Restaurant, when a vehicle heading south struck her and fled the scene.
Outslay died from her injuries at the hospital. The Mendon resident and her husband owned A Crust Above, a pizzeria across the street from Rutland High School. She was the mother of five and the grandmother of eight.
WCAX News spoke with Outslay's youngest son, Greg, who says the family is physically and emotionally drained. He says they aren't ready to go on camera, but did say their mother was intelligent, extremely hardworking and had a charming sense of wit.
Chief Baker made a plea to the public for help finding the driver.
"It is very important that the community steps up if they saw or if they heard anyone talking about the accident," Baker said. "If they see a neighbor's car next door for example that has damage, that is unexplained damage, it is very important that they contact us immediately."
Baker says his department has been working around the clock and has asked the state police for help.
"We have had investigators out all day. They are going to all the businesses in the area that we know have video. We are continuing to take a look at that video," Baker said.
So far, there are no solid leads on a vehicle description, but Baker is hopeful that he will have one soon.