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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A long-time Gallaudet University professor was hit by a vehicle and killed Wednesday while walking her dog in Southwest Washington, police say.

Frances Parsons, 90, was walking her dog at about 3 p.m. outside her apartment building in the 700 block of 7th Street SW when she was struck by a Porsche Cayenne SUV as it exited the complex’s underground parking garage, according to D.C. police.

The driver of the SUV, who lives in the same building as Parsons, immediately ran into the lobby to call for help. Parsons was transported to a local hospital where she later died.

Parsons, who was deaf, taught art history at Gallaudet. She retired in 1993 and continued her love for traveling the world.

Her dog, Wolpert, was not injured in the crash. Friends of Parsons say they are trying to find a new home for the animal.

Police are investigating the accident. No charges have been filed against the driver, who police say is cooperating with the investigation.

WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves contributed to this report. Follow Mark on Twitter.

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