Glendale woman hit, killed walking to church


by Ashleigh Barry

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Posted on July 17, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 17 at 7:25 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A Glendale woman who was walking to church was hit and killed by a motorcycle Wednesday night.

Matilde Chacon didn't have a car and walked everywhere, but loved ones say the 61-year-old woman was slowly losing her vision.

Her husband, Santiago Chacon, sat stunned and in silence today. The two were married for 17 years.

Her younger sister, Candida Kennedy, wonders who will now care for her growing garden.

"This is her life. This is what she loves, the flowers. This is what makes her happy," she said of her sister.

The Chacons have called their mobile home park just off Glendale and 48th avenues home for years. It's less than a mile from the church Matilde Chacon would retreat to nightly.

Investigators say she crossed into traffic just outside her home and was struck and killed by a motorcyclist who immediately stopped

Her sister says she was suffering from vision loss but determined to make services on time. She believes Matilde Chacon didn't know that she wasn't in a crosswalk.

It's a devastating reality for a family who hoped she would pull through.

"I come inside. There's all these police officers in there," Kennedy said.

"Where's my sister? How's my sister doing? My sister's gone? My sister's gone," she cried.

Glendale police are calling the incident a tragic accident and say it's likely no charges will be filed.


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