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Needham woman struck in hit and run dies from injuries

Posted by Natalie Feulner  December 22, 2011 12:07 PM

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The son of a 70-year-old hit and run victim today urged witnesses to come forward to help police find the driver in the fatal crash.

Eleanor Jacobs, who was hit by a hit and run vehicle Dec. 7 in Norwood near Washington and Howard streets, has died from injuries sustained in the incident, police said today.

"I want someone to come forward who knows something or knows the person who did this," Jonathan Jacobs said in an interview. 'There is no way that person doesn't know they did this and they probably told somebody and need to come forward."

"I'm going to stay on this even if there is just a shred of hope because this was not supposed to happen, my mother was supposed to live at least 20 more years and I am confident that something will eventually come out," he said.

Mrs. Jacobs, of Needham, had walked across the southbound lane of Washington Street around 5:46 p.m. and was struck by a vehicle traveling north, police said. The vehicle, possibly a dark-colored Toyota, then left the scene, according to two witnesses police quoted in their report.


Jonathan Jacobs described his mother as a religious woman who lit up her community.

"My mother was a reform Jew, very committed to her religion, it was a main part of her life and that was very important to her," he said. " . . .whatever she does, the community flourishes because she is a part of it."

The driver is believed to have been a male and the vehicle was last seen driving north on Washington Street toward Westwood.

A funeral is set for Friday at 1:30 at the Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, 670 Highland Ave.

Meanwhile, State Police and Norwood Police are investigating the incident and declined to comment further or identify whether they had any leads on the driver.

Kevin Grasso, spokesman for the Norwood police department, said tonight that the investigation is difficult.

"This investigation has been very frustrating because we don't have any leads to go on, when she was struck, there really was no evidence left behind and very little description of the vehicle and driver provided by witnesses who have come forward," said Grasso.

Police are asking that anyone with information about the accident to call the Norwood Police Department at 781-440-5100.

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