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Alleged rape victim killed in hit-and-run
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Alleged rape victim killed in hit-and-run

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GARY | A 69-year-old Gary woman died the day after she was struck by a car Sunday night, police said.

Patricia Watson, of Gary, was crossing the street about 5:50 p.m. Sunday night in the 3900 block of Broadway when she was struck by a gray Buick, police Cpl. Gabrielle King said.

The car kept moving and witnesses weren't able to get a license plate, King said.

"Whether or not they saw her doesn't matter," she said. "Whoever did it has to know they hit somebody and needs to come forward."

Watson was stabilized at the Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus and then transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she died Monday, King said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Watson, who allegedly was raped and robbed in August at a South Shore station in the Miller section of Gary, had filed a tort claim seeking to sue the transit agency.

Watson's attorney, Paul Rossi, is at a loss as to what to do, he said.

Rossi was representing Watson in the case against the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, the Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railway Co. and the South Shore Transit Police Department.

He said he is waiting for direction from Watson's family members.

He hopes they will want to move forward.

"The original purpose of the lawsuit was to hopefully bring about change and make sure people are protected at the train station," he said.

Prosecutors charged Aarion Teri Lee Mosley, 16, of Gary, with multiple counts of rape, criminal deviate conduct, robbery and criminal confinement after the alleged South Shore incident.

Mosley is scheduled for a court hearing Dec. 15.

Rossi said Watson's death is a terrible tragedy that also calls for justice.

Police are asking anyone with information about the hit-and-run to call Gary police Cpl. Agnes Roberts at (219) 881-1217.

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