Family members have identified 78-year-old Shien Ching Shen as the woman who was killed by a pickup truck as she tried to cross Roosevelt Boulevard at Tyson Avenue on Tuesday in Northeast Philadelphia.
She was just a block away from her home on Tyson Avenue when she was struck by a 2006 Ford Ranger as she stepped off the center grass divider just before 2:15 p.m. Her body was dragged 120 feet before the truck stopped, Kenneth Lac, 21, her grandson said Thursday night.
The driver, a 21-year-old man, remained at the scene and was not arrested.
Lac, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, and other family members were seeking financial assistance for Shen's funeral through a GoFundMe page.
Lac said in an interview that his grandmother, who immigrated to the United States from China in the 1990s, helped care for him while his mother and father worked to provide for the family.
"She raised me, instilled values, and pushed me to be the first person to go to college in my family," Lac wrote on the GoFundMe page, which has a goal of $15,000.
"We really connected through watching Hong Kong shows," Lac wrote. "It would just be us two bingeing shows and gossiping about Hong Kong celebrities. Every show, I remember, she would teach me a lesson, whether it is to be kind, to work hard, and to be humble."
Lac said the his family has struggled financially since his mother lost her job this year because of a health issue, and that it is why they have turned to online fundraising.