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Woman killed while helping injured cat identified

Posted December 12, 2009 5:54 p.m. EST
Updated December 14, 2009 7:50 a.m. EST

— A 60-year-old woman was killed Saturday afternoon when she stopped to help an injured animal along a road south of Carrboro, according to the state Highway Patrol.

Trooper A.J. Edwards said Melinda Grossman, of Chapel Hill, stopped her car along Jones Ferry Road, near Ferguson Road, after another driver hit a cat around 5:30 p.m. As she bent over to help the cat, a third car hit and killed her.

"It's a bad situation," Edwards said. "Someone trying to do good and someone trying to go home."

Edwards said it was dark and Grossman was wearing dark clothing. The 71-year-old driver of the third car, Lenny Joe Louis Alston, simply did not see Grossman in the road. Alston was going the speed limit and left no skid marks at the scene, troopers said.

Edwards called it a tragedy, saying no charges will be filed in the accident.