HAGERSTOWN -- Dolores Weibel was remembered by friends Thursday as a compassionate woman who did everything in her power to help others.
Weibel, a Hagerstown resident and longtime secretary at Congregation B'nai Abraham, was struck and killed by an SUV at about 10 p.m. Christmas Eve as she walked across Md. 64 near Sun Valley Drive, Maryland State Police said. An investigation showed that Weibel had hit two deer and exited her vehicle before she was struck.
Police said Weibel, 76, was pronounced dead after being taken to Washington County Hospital.
Congregation B'nai Abraham Rabbi Fred Raskind said he was devastated when he received the news Thursday morning that Weibel had died.
"It really hasn't sunk in yet," Raskind said. "This congregation will be affected."
Raskind said Weibel, who attended St. John's Episcopal Church, was hired as the synagogue's secretary more than 15 years ago. Weibel worked diligently to learn Jewish customs to serve more effectively, he said.