Pedestrian struck outside Cullman Publix succumbs to injuries


CULLMAN, Ala. – A pedestrian struck outside Publix in Cullman on Tuesday, May 9, succumbed to her injuries after being transported to UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

Cullman County Coroner Jeremy Kilpatrick said Patricia Ross, 91, of Cullman, died at UAB.  

“She was struck by a car at Publix last night,” he said. “The 911 call was placed shortly after 7 p.m.”

According to Cullman Police Chief David Nassetta, the incident was a low-speed crash on private property, and nothing at the scene implied recklessness on the part of the driver, Janice Lee, 77, of Vinemont.

“It really surprised us when we found out that she had passed away, because, according to the officers on scene, she was conscious; she was talking,” Nassetta said.

CPD Traffic Homicide Investigator Sgt Joey Duncan said he has spoken with the district attorney’s office and will be doing a complete investigation on its recommendation. No charges have been filed.

The Cullman Police Department posted on Facebook:

On, 05/09/2023, at approximately 7:07pm, Patricia Ross, 91yr old from Cullman, AL., was the pedestrian involved in the vehicle crash that occurred at Publix parking lot, located at the Cullman Shopping Center.  The driver involved in the crash was Janice Lee 77yr old of Vinemont, AL. 

Ross was transported by Cullman EMS from the scene to UAB Medical Center, where she was later pronounced deceased.  Lee did not sustain any injuries.