ST. PAUL, Minn. - The 101-year-old woman who died after being struck by a St. Paul police squad car is described as a wonderful woman by her grandson.
Ilya Finkelshteyn says his grandmother, Roza Sakhima, was still very active.
"Everybody's stricken with grief, and it's so sudden and difficult to get a grasp of everything," said Finkelshteyn. "But friends are here and it's easier to bear."
St. Paul Police say that Sakhima was hit by a squad car that was backing up. The incident occurred on Aug. 16 at about 5 p.m. while officers were out on a juvenile-related call in the 800 block of Cleveland Avenue.
Officials say the officer was backing up the squad car at a very slow speed and struck or bumped the woman, who then fell to the ground.
She died this week of her injuries.
The St. Paul accident reconstruction unit is conducting an investigation of the incident, and once work is complete the findings will be forwarded to the Ramsey County District Attorney's Office for potential charges. The process is considered standard procedure in a case involving a police officer.
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