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Woman killed crossing Orlando road remembered by family, friends

Anna Rodgers, 60, struck, killed New Year's Day

ORLANDO, Fla. – Family members of Anna Rodgers, 60, said on Monday that she was killed while crossing Ivey Lane in Orlando on New Year's Day.

Orlando police said the accident happened just before 7 p.m. and the driver stayed at the scene. Witnesses told News 6 that the driver of the vehicle was not speeding and was visibly upset by what happened.

Family members placed flowers and candles near the crash site Monday evening to honor the mother of three.

"I didn't know that was going to be the last time I was going to see my mom," Rodgers' daughter, Fallon Johnson, said. "We had the day out together and she was in good spirits. She was happy, and you know, for her to go like this, it's just it's heartbreaking."

Rodgers' children and other family members told stories about their favorite memories involving the woman they describe as outgoing.

"Whether she had a funny joke or scripture or something, she would always just be bubbly, happy and just happy to be alive," Rodgers' son, Jeremy Rutland, said.

"She is a good person -- a good-hearted person. She loved everybody," Johnson said.

Family said Saturday would have been Rodgers' birthday, so they also released a birthday balloon on Monday evening in honor of her day.


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