News 5 spoke with a witness across the street from Dew Drop Inn.
Dana Cruz owns Dana & Friends Pet Grooming. She says she’s good friends with Robin Hamlin and the people in her family. She says she saw everything unfold Monday afternoon. It’s hard for her to get the image out of her head.
“I called the police and ran across the street,” said Cruz. “And she came to and, you know, I just asked everybody to pray. I thought she was going to be okay, you know, she went in the ambulance, and we just thought she was going to be okay.
Employees at Dew Drop Inn told News 5 they appreciate the outpouring amount of support they’ve received on social media when the news first broke.
Addie Davis, who works at Dew Drop Inn says Robin had an impact on many people in the community.
“She was a wonderful woman. She had the ability to make a stranger feel like a close friend,” said Davis. “She loved Powell, she adored her daughter Arden. It was not one thing that she wouldn’t do for her family or her friends. She spent time in her various Mardi Gras organizations. She loved Mardi Gras.”
Employees say Robin spoke with the mayor about the speeding issue on Old Shell Road before her passing. Now, Mayor Sandy Stimpson says the city is looking at ways to improve safety at the intersection of Kenneth Street and Old Shell Road.
“I don’t know what they could do to this road, but something does need to be done,” said Davis. “There needs to be crosswalks, signs there need to be better sidewalks.”
The restaurant is scheduled to reopen on Monday, Nov. 28th. An employee tells News 5 a memorial service will take place Friday at St. Pius Church at 10 a.m.
UPDATE (4:17 p.m.): Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson offered condolences Tuesday afternoon to the family of Robin Russell Hamlin, who was killed Monday night when a vehicle struck her as she tried to cross Old Shell Road outside the Dew Drop Inn, the restaurant her husband owns.
At the time of her death, Hamlin’s husband Powell Hamlin, said he had recently complained to Stimpson about road safety concerns in the area.
“I join so many others today in expressing my deepest condolences to the family of Robin Hamlin, who tragically passed away after being struck by a vehicle Monday afternoon,” Stimpson said. “As the owners of the Dew Drop Inn, Robin and her husband, Powell Hamlin, have been an irreplaceable part of Mobile’s cultural fabric. Their business is beloved throughout the City and particularly in Midtown. The Hamlin’s embody the values of hard work, family, community and service. I hope that the entire team at Dew Drop knows they will continue to be in the prayers of my family and so many other Mobilians in the coming days and weeks.”
Stimpson’s statement did say he had communicated with the Hamlins and other area business owners. Stimpson promised continued exploration of “ways to address these issues.”
“Over the last two months, my office has been in communication with the Hamlins and other business owners in the area about the intersection of Kenneth Street and Old Shell Road. We will be continuing to explore ways to address these issues in the coming months working with property owners and businesses in the area.”
UPDATE (11:48 a.m.): The Mobile Police Department said they responded to Old Shell Road at 3:47 p.m. in reference to a pedestrian hit by a car on Monday, Nov. 21. When arriving on scene, officers found Robin Russell Hamlin “laying in the roadway conscious and alert after being struck by a vehicle.”
Hamlin was “conscious and alert” while being transported to the hospital. At 6:30 p.m., officers were told by medical personnel Hamlin died from her injuries.
Officers said the driver of the car remained on scene and there were “no signs of impairment.” This remains an ongoing investigation, according to a release from the MPD.
UPDATE (11:45 a.m.): People have started leaving flowers and notes at Dew Drop Inn in memory of Robin Hamlin.
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — One of Mobile’s oldest and most historic restaurants, The Dew Drop Inn, will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 22 following the tragic passing of the owner’s wife Monday afternoon, according to a Facebook post from the restaurant.
Robin Hamlin, wife of owner Powell Hamlin died Monday, Nov. 21 at around 3:45 p.m. when she was hit by a car trying to pass Old Shell Road.
The Dew Drop Inn confirmed the news to WKRG News 5 Monday night and made it public in a Facebook post earlier Tuesday morning.
“Those words strung together don’t seem to make any sense,” the post reads. “It doesn’t seem real. We as a family all need time to process and rest. And so, we will be closed today to take it all in.”
The post said further business hours and arrangements will be announced at a later date.
We humbly ask for your love and prayers: prayers for Powell, her sweet daughter Arden, and her incredible family as they navigate this extremely intense and difficult time. We ask that you wrap them in your love and support. And we ask that you hug your family and friends a little bit tighter today and tell them just how much you love them.The Dew Drop Inn