Out for her morning walk to get coffee, an 85-year-old woman was hit by a driver on the 8000 block of Pine Road in the Fox Chase neighborhood of North Philadelphia early Monday morning.
Mabel Stottler was taken to a local hospital and treated for fractures in both legs, police said. She is in critical condition.
Friends of the 85-year-old told NBC10 she was out doing what she does every morning - going to Dunkin' Donuts for breakfast.
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"She comes real early and I noticed she wasn't here," Juanita Darden, Stottler's friend, said while sipping coffee and blinking back tears. "She was a good person - keep me laughing, keep me up."
Her walker remained on the sidewalk as police attempted to piece together what happened.
The driver, 24, stopped a few feet away from the point of impact and called officials after the accident. He told them he hit a deer, but later realized it was an elderly woman.
Police are investigating whether the driver was intoxicated while driving.
This story is developing. Please check back for updates.