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Frances Margaret Parsons killed after being hit by car

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(WJLA) - A 90-year-old woman was hit and killed by a car Wednesday as she walked near the Southwest Waterfront, officials say.

Photo: Virginia Association of the Deaf

Frances "Peggy" Parsons, 90, was hit by a car while walking her dog, Wombat, near the access ramp of a parking garage at the Town Square Towers.

Parsons was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died. 

Barbara Barton, the general manager of Town Square Towers, says residents were getting ready for a holiday party when the accident happened. 

“A gentleman came in and said ‘someone is lying in the driveway,’ so by the time the assistant manager and the lobby desk agent went out, they realized it was Mrs. Parsons,” says Barton. 

Parsons lived an incredible life. Declared deaf at the age of five, she'd never let the disability stop her from traveling the world. 

At the age of 83, Parsons spoke at a Virginia Association of the Deaf event after she'd gone to Antarctica. She worked at Gallaudet University for 25 years, some of that as an art history professor. She even wrote a number of books. 

Valerie Cash loved both Parsons and her dog, who was not injured. 

"She was her hearing dog, so if someone would ring the doorbell or knock on the door, Wombette would jump up and down," Cash says. "We're going to miss her very much."

The accident remains under investigation. The driver has not yet been charged.

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