Though she lived in and loved Las Vegas, she was like so many others, a transplant from the East. The 79-year-old former New Yorker died of injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident in suburban Henderson.

She was struck in a parking lot by a U-Haul truck driven by a 22-year-old driver who was later arrested on a wide variety of charges, including possession of a controlled substance and failure to stop at the scene of a traffic accident involving injuries or death.

One of the 79-year-old’s former neighbors in Montauk remembered her as a caring friend who was loyal and direct. She was also a hard-working woman who transformed herself after her husband’s death from a stay-at-home mom into a multi-faceted entrepreneur who was a real estate broker, owned her own taxi company (called Holy Mackerel Taxi) and started a baking company (which she dubbed Kiss My Cakes).

She also purchased a rental property in Henderson, a news article stated, later moving to our area.

“Las Vegas was her new home. She was bold and direct with people, and the most loyal friend anyone could ask for,” her friend and former New York neighbor remembered.

The woman who was driving the U-Haul has been charged with failure to stop at the scene of a crash involving death or personal injury, failure to render aid at a motor vehicle accident and to provide information about the accident, driving on a suspended license and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Families that lose loved one to reckless, careless or otherwise negligent drivers can pursue justice and compensation with the help of an attorney experienced in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.