Woman, 67, killed in SE Houston hit-and-run

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Residents are calling for a stop light after a 67-year-old woman was hit and killed by a car as she was walking home from church Sunday.

Neighbors are calling for a stoplight after a 67-year-old woman was hit and killed by a car as she was walking home from church Sunday afternoon.

Wilma Montgomery was hit on Cullen Boulevard. near Wenda and later died at Memorial Hermann Hospital. The street is a popular alternative to the nearby South Freeway.

Montgomery rarely missed Sunday services at Ebenezer Baptist Church, but her sister Vickie Montgomery Pringle worried about the dangerous walk to church.

"All the time!" Pringle exclaimed. "I would call her and at least one morning, I would call her and say, 'Wilma, do not go to church that day.' I just feel something inside myself, 'I want you to know, don't go!'"

Montgomery stayed home that day, but she never made it home from church on Sunday. She was hit by a car around 12:30pm and later died.

"I'm still in pain right now, but I'm just asking God for strength to get me through this hard period," Pringle sighed.

The accident remains under investigation, but neighbors say they've seen others just like it.

"We done complained and complained and it ain't doing no good. About a year or two ago, a lady got hit with her car and she was pregnant!" exclaimed Ruby Wilson, who lives nearby.

Pringle prays it won't happen again.

"They got stop signs, red lights, but people just zoom on through. Even if they see kids or grown ups walking, they just zoom on through," she said.

The city studied the intersection at 9600 Cullen Blvd. in March 2015, but found it did not meet the minimum criteria for a traffic signal. After receiving another signal request Monday morning, the city will take another look.
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