Nancy Newby-Brown, 73, of Boyd was hit and killed by a passenger car while she was crossing Farm Road 51 South on foot just before 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The accident occurred one mile north of the county line near Springtown. According to investigators at the scene, the woman pulled her pickup into her driveway just off FM 51 South and parked at the gate. She had crossed the road on foot and was hit by a southbound passenger car while she was attempting to cross back. It was just after dark. The driver, Taryn M. Wilson, 21, of Sunset told investigators that she swerved to avoid Newby-Brown, but still hit her with the right bumper. The victim hit the windshield and flipped over the vehicle. She was killed instantly by the impact, investigators said.
It is unknown at this time why she walked into the roadway. She used a P.O. Box and didn’t have a mailbox. The wind was blowing strong out of the east. Investigators said she might have been retrieving something that flew out of her purse across the road or cleaning up some trash that was in the bar ditch on the other side of FM 51. Some of her belongings were found scattered about the ditch.
Wilson, who was in shock after the accident, was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur with minor injuries. She was released shortly thereafter.
Investigators said there were no indicators, such as skid marks on the roadway, to lead them to believe speeding played a role. There is also no evidence of drugs or alcohol being involved by either party. The driver was on her way to her boyfriend’s house in Springtown.
“It appears to be a very unfortunate accident,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Greg Hair.
Newby-Brown was a retired school teacher. She worked for many years in the Springtown school district where she taught elementary school, according to neighbors. She contributed to a scholarship for Springtown graduates. She lived with her husband.
“She will be gravely missed by this community,” said neighbor Carla Daniels.
FM 51 was closed and traffic was being diverted to nearby county roads. It didn’t reopen until 9 p.m.
– updated at 10:27 p.m. on 3/6/12