Philadelphia Museum of Art Guard Killed in Hit-and-Run

Denise Williams, a 54-year-old security guard at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), was killed on the evening of December 25 by a hit-and-run driver, the Philadelphia Enquirer reports. At 8pm on Tuesday Williams, who was meeting her boyfriend for Christmas dinner, had for reasons that remain unknown fallen onto the sidewalk in the driveway of a closed dollar store in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood. As witnesses rushed to help her, a woman driving a black Dodge Charger turned into the store’s parking lot, running Williams over and inflicting fatal head trauma.

The driver, described as being in her 40s, initially got out of her car and began walking toward Williams, but then she returned to her vehicle and fled. Williams was rushed to Temple University Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. Investigators have released surveillance images of the car, but have not been able to identify its driver. They hope that a medical report will shed some light on the reason why Williams had fallen to the ground in the first place.

Williams, who had planned to spend December 26 with her six grandchildren, worked for an agency that supplies security staff to the PMA, where she would often work six or even seven shifts in one week’s time. “She was a working person,” Williams’s roommate Bernice Dawson told the Inquirer. “Any time they called her, she’d go in. She’d go in on her day off.”

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image via Philadelphia Museum of Art/Facebook.)