A 71-year-old woman died after she was hit by a car as she was crossing Cottage Road in South Portland on Christmas Eve.

71-year-Old Woman Died after being Hit by Vehicle

The South Portland Police Department said Paula Mcauliffe from South Portland was crossing the street near Red’s Dairy Freeze when she was hit by a vehicle around 5:06 pm.

Woman Died of Injuries at Hospital

Mcauliffe was taken to Maine Medical Center and died from her injuries.

Driver Cooperating with the Police

Police said “the operator of the car that struck Mcauliffe stopped at the time of the incident and is cooperating with investigators. This is an active investigation. SPPD’s preliminary investigation does not appear to show wrong on behalf of the driver.”

Statement from the Chief of Police

The South Portland Police Chief Dan Ahern said, “This would be a tragic event any day, but especially on Christmas Eve. We are thinking about and wishing for peace for all those involved, especially Ms. Mcauliffe’s family and friends.”

News Updates

The investigation remains open. Updates to this news story will be posted on social media.

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