HONESDALE, Pa. -- A pedestrian died after being hit by a vehicle in Wayne County.
Josephine Crossman, 85, of Honesdale, was crossing 8th Street in the borough around 8:30 p.m. Monday when she was struck by a vehicle. Crossman died the next day.
The community in Wayne County is pitching in to help her only son.
"She's the best, wonderful mother anybody could have," Bill Crossman said.
Bill Crossman and his 85-year-old mother Josephine were walking home from Elegantes Restaurant and Pizzeria on Main Street in Honesdale on Monday night.
"And all of a sudden, there's headlights right square in front of me," he recalled.
Their house is a short walk away from the restaurant. They were crossing 8th Street when Josephine was hit by an oncoming car.
"I turned and looked and when I did, she's flying. The car hit her and she's flying through the air at least 10 to 12 feet."
She was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital and then flown to Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton.
"I seen her before she went in the helicopter and I told her I loved her and I said, 'Don't leave me yet.' She was holding my hand and I said, 'I need you, don't leave me yet.' She kind of smiled and said, 'I won't.'"
She died the day after the accident.
"When something like this happens, it's just such a shock that your mind is scrambled it seems."
Bill has health issues of his own so he's out of work right now. His father passed away from cancer two years ago and he has no siblings.
A family friend has set up a GoFundMe for monetary and food donations.
Elegantes has also offered to be a drop-off spot for donations. Employees there tell Newswatch 16 Bill and Josephine were loyal customers and everyone loved waiting on them. Bill is very grateful for all the help.
"It knocked my head off. I couldn't believe it," Bill said.
Bill remembers his mom as someone who smiled through the pain. She suffered from arthritis and osteoporosis, but she would still try to do things for her son. Now, he says it's his turn to stay strong for her.
"I'm trying to do for her and keep going for her."
Honesdale police continue to investigate the crash.