A 50-year-old Palestine woman was listed in "critical" condition at a Tyler hospital after being involved in an auto/pedestrian collision on East Palestine Avenue early Tuesday.

Judy Gail Duncan, 50, of Palestine sustained unspecified "incapacitating" injuries after being struck by a vehicle as she walked in the roadway in the 1000 block of East Palestine Avenue, according to Palestine Assistant Police Chief Brian Wharton.

Duncan was initially transported to Palestine Regional Medical Center after being hit by a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu operated by 22-year-old Shanna Joslin of Palestine around 3 a.m. Tuesday, according to police.

Duncan was subsequently life-flighted to Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler where she was listed in "critical" condition as of Tuesday afternoon, according to hospital spokesperson John Moore.

"At about 3:04 (a.m.) this (Tuesday) morning, the operator of a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu (later identified as Joslin) was leaving a private drive in the 1000 block of East Palestine Avenue turning eastbound," Wharton said. "Upon entering the traffic lane, the driver observed a pedestrian in the outside lane and began to move into the inside lane.

"At the same time the driver began to move into the inside lane, the pedestrian did also and was struck by the motor vehicle," he added.

Wharton said he was uncertain why the pedestrian was in the roadway.

No citations were issued in relation to the accident, the assistant chief added.


Paul Stone may be contacted via e-mail at pstone@palestineherald.com

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