• November 11, 2022

Joe Ann Knight Killed in Auto Accident on Goforth Rd in Gregg County, TX

Gregg County, TX — November 3, 2022, 76-year-old pedestrian Joe Ann Knight was fatally hit by a vehicle on East Goforth Road near Kilgore in Gregg County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:20 p.m. along East Goforth, around a mile east of town. Preliminary investigation suggests Knight's Mazda vehicle was parked facing west in the eastbound lane of the road for unknown reasons. She allegedly exited the car and was standing near it when another Mazda approached heading east. The approaching driver swerved to avoid the parked car and struck Knight in the roadway.

Knight suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The other driver, 64-year-old Lennis Burrow, was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Joe Ann Knight Accident in Gregg County

Right now it's much too early to say with any certainty what happened here. Police say the victim stepped out of her vehicle, which may have been facing the wrong way in the road, but don't have much insight into either of those details. What, as they say, gives?

I'm sure police will do what they can to get answers, but at the same time I wonder if independent experts might better connect the dots. Try as they might, "boots on the ground" police traffic investigators don't always have the tools or training to make sense of unusual circumstances like these. A woman lost her life here, though, and for her loved ones' sake that's more than enough reason to investigate carefully and thoroughly. Can police deliver badly-needed answers to a grieving family, or should someone else take another look?

Joe Ann Knight Killed in Gregg County, TX Auto Accident on Goforth Rd
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