By Brian Biggane
A 73-year-old South Palm Beach woman crossing State Road A1A on Nov. 10 was struck and killed in a hit-and-run incident just north of the Barclay condominium.
The woman, who lived on the sixth floor of the Barclay, has been identified on Facebook postings and by a New York funeral home as Hatixhe Laiqi. A black 2016 GMC Terrain hit her at about 6 p.m. Friday, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue dispatched units to the scene. Responding paramedics pronounced Laiqi dead at the scene and the investigation was turned over to the PBSO homicide division.
PBSO did not release any details of the incident over the weekend and did not return repeated calls to its media relations office by The Coastal Star. On Nov. 13, PBSO released its log of the event, which included information about the victim, the car and the incident.
The GMC Terrain was traveling north in the 3500 block of South Ocean Boulevard when it struck Laiqi as she was crossing the road, the report said, with Laiqi landing on the west shoulder of A1A.
PBSO said late Monday it had recovered the vehicle, which it said had Maryland plates. It identified the driver as Amneris Ramos, 43, of Boynton Beach. Charges are pending.
Mayor Bonnie Fischer said she received a call from Sgt. Mark Garrison, who commands the South Palm Beach post of PBSO, shortly after the incident and walked to the scene.
“We saw the body, we saw the shoes in the road, and the PBSO homicide van,” Fischer said. “I know she lived in the Barclay. She was crossing (the road) from the Barclay.”
The Pleasant Manor Funeral Home, Inc. in Thornwood, New York, is handling arrangements.