Woman killed when a man tried to rescue a cat on the Turnpike, family stunned by her death

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - A family is in shock after a Boynton Beach woman was killed when a man tried to rescue a cat on the Florida Turnpike.

The body of Mary Jane Alston was pulled from the wreckage after she hit the man who was walking on the highway.

Alston, a grandmother of eight, lived in the Valencia Lakes development on Hagan Ranch Road.

Alston's daughter, Carrie Russell, of Mobile, Alabama says Alston was killed on the same exact date that Alston's husband died on several years ago.

Russell also says she is rooting hard for the recovery of Michael Schneider of Tequesta.

On Monday, he stopped his car on the Turnpike and chased after a cat he saw on the roadway. Alston was on her way home from work when she hit Schneider in Deerfield Beach.

She was taken to a Broward County Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

"I'm thankful at least that my mother won't relive that image over and over again, the image of that young person being struck by her own car," said Russell. "He didn't make a very wise choice. I'm not sure of his frame of mind, he was obviously doing it for the right reason."

Alston was 75, and a year-and-a-half away from retiring as a nurse practitioner at a local VA hospital. Schneider is at Broward Health North in the intensive care unit.

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