Woman dies after Walmart hit-and-run in Stratford: police

Stratford police released surveillance footage of a white van that they say left the scene of a Walmart parking lot hit-and-run that turned fatal over the weekend. A 30-year-old woman has since turned herself in. Supplied/Stratford Police Service

A woman has died after being hit by a vehicle in a Walmart parking lot over the weekend, according to police in Stratford.

Emergency services responded to the parking lot at 920 Ontario St. shortly past 11 a.m. on Sunday, and transported a female pedestrian to Stratford General Hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries.

Police say the victim parked her car in an accessible spot and was hit between her car and the cart return area.

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Police released an update in the case shortly before 5:30 p.m., saying the victim had died from her injuries and that the woman driving the white van involved in the incident — who originally drove away from the scene — had turned herself in.

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Stratford Police have identified the victim as 63-year-old Hedwig Sofia Harris, she goes by the name of Evelyn.

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A 30-year-old Stratford woman has been charged in connection with the collision.

Police say they will not be identifying the driver at this time, saying only the accused has been charged and has been given a court date for next month.

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