A Winchester woman who was killed in an apparent hit-and-run accident at about 8:30 a.m. on Friday Sept. 21, may have been the victim of foul-play, according to a neighbor who is convinced she was not struck by a car.
California Highway Patrol initially reported that 68-year-old Wanda McGlover was making her rounds on her normal morning walk when she was struck and ended up in a ditch that runs alongside Brookridge Drive near Washington street.
“I do not believe for a second she was hit by a car,” the neighbor explained. “I was out here not too long after it happened and saw obvious drag marks in the dirt leading to the ditch.”
The concerned neighbor has come forward, but wishes to remain anonymous because he is fearful of possible retaliation.
He suspects someone dragged her body over to the ditch to hide her.
He went on to say he did not observe tire skidmarks and the blood drops started on one side of the road and appeared to drag across the road towards the ditch.
On the edge of the ditch there was a large pool of blood that likely came from a significant head wound, he said.
Reports suggest one vital clue in this case is the fact that McGlover was on the phone with her daughter at the time of the incident.
“Her daughter said she heard her mom say, ‘excuse me’ as if someone was talking to her and then she started screaming her daughter’s name and the phone went dead,” the neighbor said.
According to CBS news reports, McGlover’s daughter also heard scuffling sounds before the phone went dead.
McGlover was a well-loved woman who area residents said always had a beaming smile and a friendly wave for everyone.
“She was always walking and talking on her phone,” nearby resident Ruben Gutierrez said. “She always wore funny hats and always smiled and waved to me.”
In a bizarre twist of fate, McGlover struck and killed a pedestrian on the I-215 in August, but investigators determined the pedestrian jumped in front of her vehicle to commit suicide.
Her son told reporters he hopes her death wasn’t any kind of retribution.
“Evidence revealed that this may have been a hit-and-run traffic collision,” CHP spokesperson Nathan Baer said. “Injuries to the woman were consistent with being struck by a motor vehicle.”
This is a developing story, please check back with SWRNN for updates.
Stephanie D. Schulte is a writer/photographer with SWRNN. She can be reached at email@example.com.