Monday, September 26, 2011
Woman killed crossing Sam Rayburn Tollway near The Colony
She was struck by a garbage truck in the center lane.
An unidentified woman who was struck and killed early Monday morning while walking into traffic on the Sam Rayburn Tollway may have been intentionally putting herself in harm's way.
The Colony Police Department spokesman Lt. Darren Brockway said his department has become involved in the incident after the Texas Department of Public Safety's investigation led them to believe this may have been an intentional act.
"There were facts and circumstances discovered during the DPS investigation that raise the question as to whether or not the deceased intentionally stepped out in traffic," Brockway said, adding that the investigation is likely to continue for some time.
The accident occurred a little before 6 a.m. on the northbound side of the State Highway 121 tollway, just west of the overpass at Main Street in The Colony, said DPS spokesman Trooper Lonny Haschel.
The woman was driving a black Honda Civic and had pulled over on the right shoulder. In an apparent attempt to cross the travel lanes of the tollway, she was struck by a garbage truck in the center lane.
Haschel said the driver of the truck slammed on his brakes and locked his tires. He then backed up the truck and positioned it in front of the victim so other vehicles would not hit her. Haschel said no charges have been filed against the truck driver.
The vehicle has been towed from the scene and was to be examined for mechanical issues sometime today. The tires were inflated.
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