Woman killed by vehicle loved to walk outdoors

Kathryn Cargo By Kathryn Cargo

Jan. 10, 2018 at 10:06 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2018 at 6 a.m.

A two-vehicle wreck sent a Victoria woman to the hospital.

A two-vehicle wreck sent a Victoria woman to the hospital.   MCT GRAPHIC for The Victoria Advocate

Eva Hewlett, 82, loved to walk and would always stop to strike up conversations with her neighbors

Kim Pickens, 49, of Victoria, met Hewlett when she moved into the Northcrest subdivision in 2012. Hewlett lived across the street from Pickens on Blyth Road.

Hewlett died Monday at Citizens Medical Center after she was struck by a Chevrolet Tahoe backing out of a driveway on Morningside Drive.

The Tahoe's driver, Heather Ramos, of Victoria, was not issued a citation, but the wreck is still under investigation, said Sgt. Billy Bernard, with the Victoria Police Department.

"She loved to talk about her life and her family," Pickens said. "She'd talk about her husband, who had passed away, and about how kind he was ... (She) was the friendly neighbor that would come around and start conversations and knew everyone in the neighborhood."

Hewlett lived in Northcrest for more than a decade and had many old friends in the area, Pickens said.

Sometimes, Pickens' husband or sons would help Hewlett around her house when she asked.

When Pickens found out about Hewlett's death, she was shocked and saddened, she said.

The past few years, Pickens had not seen Hewlett walking around the neighborhood as much because she had health problems.

Pickens said she thinks Hewlett recently began staying with her children on Morningside Street.

"The last time I talked to her, which was before Christmas, she didn't remember me at all," she said. "(She) was repeating herself a lot - it was disheartening. She was remembering things from a long time ago but not so recently."



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