Susan Wing, the co-owner of Superior Dairy in Hanford, died Friday after she was hit by a vehicle while rushing across the street to help a neighbor.
Family friend Mickey Stoddard said Wing, 64, got a call from a neighbor asking for help because her son was having some type of medical emergency. Wing ran out of her house and was crossing the street in the 1300 block of North Douty Street when she failed to see an oncoming motorcycle. The motorcycle swerved to avoid hitting her. But she fell to the ground where she was struck by a Toyota SUV heading south, according to the Hanford Sentinel.
Hanford police said the accident happened around 5:35 p.m. Wing was taken to Adventist Medical Center, where she died from her injuries, the Sentinel said.
Wing was the third-generation owner of Superior Dairy, a San Joaquin Valley institution known for its heaping servings of ice cream in an old-time, soda shop-style setting.
“She loved her business and she loved the people who were her customers,” Stoddard said.
Stoddard said he wasn’t surprised to hear that Wing was trying to be a good Samaritan when the accident happened.
“That was the kind of person she was,” he said. “She was always willing to help.”
Superior Dairy will continue to be operated by family members, including Wing’s husband Ernest and their son James.
“She would have wanted it that way,” Stoddard said.