Frances Margaret Parsons was a well-known fixture at the Town Square Towers in Southwest Washington, where she lived for the past two decades and walked her feisty miniature brown pinscher, her constant companion.
The 90-year-old retired professor from Gallaudet University and prolific author spent a lifetime finding betters ways to educate the hearing impaired. She was with her dog Wednesday afternoon when D.C. police say she was struck and killed by a black 2013 Porsche Cayenne whose driver was exiting the condominium complex’s underground parking garage.
D.C. police are investigating the accident and have not filed any charges. The sudden death has thrust residents of the block-long building in the 700 block of 7th Street SW into mourning, wondering what Parsons was doing on the ramp and whether the driver, who residents said just recently moved in, might have gotten confused with the layout.