A 101-year-old St. Paul woman has died after being hit by a St. Paul police squad car on Aug. 16.
Police identified the woman as Roza Sakhina on Thursday.
Friends of Sakhina told FOX 9 News the Russian immigrant took a daily walk and was crossing the street to return to her apartment when a police SUV backed into her.
Sakhina suffered a head injury in the crash that led to her death at Regions Hospital on Wednesday.
The driver's identity has not been released.
Several times a week, a group of Russian immigrants gathers on the patio of the high-rise where they live to chat about the news of the day. On Thursday, they were sharing stories about a good friend and neighbor who is no longer with them.
Friends say even though Sakhina was 101, she was still active and loved to walk around her neighborhood, using a walker the last few years.
"She wanted to be independent, wanted to do everything herself," Sava Balaym told FOX 9 News. "She was a very balanced, very quiet person."
Charlene Jerue lived on the same floor as Sahkina for 15 years.
"You should have seen her little eyes. She would put her head on my shoulder and say, 'I just love you,' and I'd say, 'I just love you too,'" Jerue recalled. " I felt like it was my grandma."
Jerue said Sahkina often walked for hours and had just celebrated her 101st birthday in June. She was still living on her own after coming to the U.S. from Russia in the early 90s.
Friends tell FOX 9 News it's a shame that a woman who survived so much -- including the siege on Leningrad in WWII -- would lose her life doing something so mundane just a few feet from her home.
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