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A 66-year-old woman was killed in Hemet when her mobility scooter was hit by a sedan whose driver apparently did not see her in the middle of the dark street, authorities said Wednesday.

The collision happened about 10 p.m. Tuesday on Menlo Avenue, near Glenn Way, according to the Hemet Police Department.

Sgt. Dan Reinbolt said the victim was going east on Menlo in the single traffic lane and was passing San Jacinto Valley Cemetery when a man at the wheel of a 1997 Honda Civic approached from behind.

“The woman was riding near the center of the eastbound lane, during darkness, with no lights illuminated on her mobility scooter,” Reinbolt said. “The driver of the Honda … did not see the (victim) until it was too late, and a collision occurred.”

The motorist stopped and called 911.

The woman, a Perris resident whose name was withheld pending family notification, suffered catastrophic injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Hemet Fire Department paramedics, according to Reinbolt.

“It is not clear why the woman was in the roadway,” he said. “The investigation is ongoing.” Authorities did not say why the victim required the use of a mobility scooter.

Anyone with information was asked to contact HPD at 951-765-2400.

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