An 81-year-old British woman died after passersby ignored her because they thought she was drunk.

Molly Morgan was attacked from behind Thursday night while walking to the library, sustaining head injuries, broken facial bones and a broken arm after being dragged to the ground and robbed, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

She died the next day in the hospital.

"When Mrs. Morgan was attacked she fell to the ground, and we believe she was on the pavement for about 10 minutes before anyone came to her aid," Detective Chief Inspector Jessica Wadsworth told the Daily Mail.

"While at hospital, Mrs Morgan told police that a man walked right past her and didn’t stop, even when she asked for help," Wadsworth said.

"It is our belief that this man, and other people in the area who didn’t assist the victim, may tragically not have realized that Mrs. Morgan had been attacked and was in consider­able pain. We know from some witnesses that they had assumed she was merely a drunk on the street."

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