Pennsylvania voter, 83, dies after being hit by a car outside voting place

Junie Sihlangu
Nov 08, 2018
01:58 P.M.

Marlene Raub was struck by a minivan at 10:46 a.m. on Tuesday while walking in the parking lot outside the Forks Township Community Center. She was at the center to vote in the midterms.


Witnesses tried to resuscitate her until she was taken to a hospital. The person who hit her is believed to be an unidentified 78-year-old man.

On Tuesday morning, Marlene Raub, 83, was struck by a minivan outside the Forks Township Community Center at 500 Zucksville Road. Lehigh County First Deputy Coroner Eric Minnich revealed that she died.

People inside the center recalled hearing a crash. They ran outside and saw the woman on her back lying unconscious.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Witnesses at the scene revealed that someone got a defibrillator and tried performing CPR on the elderly woman before an ambulance quickly arrived.

Raub was transported to the St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill, Lehigh County. She was pronounced dead at 11:24 a.m. Tuesday according to Minnich.

The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head. The manner of death was placed as an accident.


The 78-year-old driver remained at the scene during the investigation. He was released without charges for crashing into the elderly woman who used a cane to walk.

A pair of black diabetic shoes was seen standing in a puddle of water at the scene of the accident. On the same evening, Democratic candidate Susan Wild, who won the race against Republican Marty Nothstine in the 7th congressional district, honored Raub.


During her victory party at Coca-Cola Park Wild asked her supporters for a moment of silence in Raub’s honor. The elderly woman lost her husband of 52 years in June 2011.


Carl Raub was a World War II veteran. The couple is survived by five children, 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

In North Texas, Gracie Lou Phillips, 82, was driven by a family member with her oxygen tank to cast an early vote for the midterm elections. Phillips got to vote last Thursday.

The great-grandmother was transitioning to hospice care at the time, but she didn't let her failing health stop her from voting in Grand Prairie, Texas. She was a first-time voter who hadn't thought her vote would matter until now.

She passed away shortly after voting.

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