81-year-old woman killed in Tyler Monday morning after being hit by car

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TYLER, Texas (KETK) – A woman died after she was hit by a car early Monday morning in Tyler, according to her family.

The woman was identified as 81-year-old Lillie Collins, of Tyler.

She was hit at the intersection of Engelwood and Gentry Parkway, just north of the downtown area while crossing the road.

“Very unfortunate tragedy for her life to end that way but I’m still lost at words really,” Bobby O’Neal, Collins’ brother told KETK.

The family is mourning the loss of their loved one after the wreck.

“It’s a tough situation, but she was a nice person, (a) kind person,” O’Neal said.

Collins was pushing a cart that was damaged by the impact, leaving her belongings scattered all over the street.

“I’m just sad about what happened,” Patricia Jesse shared.

Jesse, who has been living in the neighborhood for 70 years said wrecks at that intersection are common.

“During the night, I hear wrecks from Glenwood, from Engelwood, from Confederate and I often get in my car and I come around and I look,” Jesse said. “I can hear wrecks when they happen, I can hear the booming and I get up sometimes I get in my car and come around here, sometimes I stand on my porch and I can see them.”

Jesse believed future accidents like this one can be avoided with one fix.

“I wish they would put traffic lights in this area because I’ve seen people either get severely hurt or die,” O’Neal said. “It probably could use a light, but it’s too bad it takes something like this to happen.”

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