It has been exactly one month since 85-year-old Frances Gordon was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Elkins Park. Tonight, her grieving family and friends will honor her feisty and inspiring spirit with a memorial service and dinner at Young Isreal of Elkins Park, the synagogue where she found a loving, open-armed welcome in the last years of her life.
Readers of my Daily News column and this blog may recall that I knew Frances, whose grandson is one of my daughter's best buddies. It's still a shock, trying to comprehend that tiny Frances-with-the-giant-personality is really gone.
Today, her loved ones announce a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in her brutal, callous death.
Surely someone personally knows the cowardly driver and has been suspicious of him, since word of Frances' death made headlines?
Surely $10,000 is a big enough enticement to turn the man in? To give Frances' grieving family some peace that her killer has been caught?
It was a rainy, miserable and gloomy evening when Frances was killed, so visibility was terrible. Still, before the driver who hit Frances sped away, eyewitnesses were able to see that he was a white male in his 40s or 50s, with a thin build and short, receding gray hair.
He drove a white Ford cargo/work van with rear tinted windows and no markings on the side. The van may have minor front-end damage to the driver's side and front grille.
Does this man sound like someone you know? If so, please call the Citizen's Crime Commission, which is handling the reward process, at 215-546-TIPS. Your call will be kept confidential, and you will not need to be identified.
On behalf of the family of Frances Gordon, thank you.