August 22, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Police in New Zealand say former Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell may have been crossing a highway to take a photograph when she stepped in front of a car and was killed.
Detective Sgt. John Hamilton of the Blenheim police says a full investigation is under way and will take some time.
He says that based on witness statements so far, it appears Howell was crossing the highway to take a picture when she stepped in front of a car in the far lane. Hamilton says it's possible she was "completely unaware of the vehicle."
Drivers in New Zealand travel on the left side of the road, not the right side as in the United States, so pedestrians must look first in the direction opposite than they normally would.
The 68-year-old Howell died Friday.