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VIRGINIA BEACH-- An elderly woman has died after being struck by a vehicle in the the Providence Square Shopping Center on Christmas Eve.

Police say 74-year-old Dalisay Mariano Francisco, who was in a wheelchair, was being assisted by her husband when the crash occurred.

Police say the driver of a Jeep Cherokee was backing out of a parking space when his foot became entangled in the accelerator. This caused the truck to lurch forward, hitting the couple and trapping them between two vehicles.

Both victims were transported to the hospital where Dalisay Francisco later died. The husband was treated and released.

The case remains under investigation.

The case will be screened by the Commonwealth's Attorney to determine whether charges will be placed, said police.

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