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CHARLOTTE, NC — An elderly woman was tragically killed by a tractor trailer after wandering into oncoming traffic along Interstate 85 late Tuesday night, Sept. 18.

A missing woman in the early stages of dementia was killed by semi trucks while walking into oncoming traffic on I-85 in Charlotte, NC on September 18, 2012.


Charlotte police were investigating a missing persons case when the news of the woman came in. Officers said that 76-year-old Shirley Pharr, who was in the early stages of dementia, was struck and killed just before midnight along I-85 southbound near Freedom Drive.

Map showing location where a missing woman was killed by semi trucks on the southbound I-85 near the Freedom Drive Exit (mile marker 34) in Charlotte, NC on September 18, 2012.

The State Highway Patrol said Pharr was hit by two semi trucks traveling southbound. The semi truck drivers told officials Pharr appeared out of nowhere. reports:

Pharr was last seen leaving her home on Dawnshire Avenue at around 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, after telling neighbors she was going to get her nails done.

Her sons, Michael and Darryl, said her health had been going downhill quickly. The family took shifts looking out for her but couldn’t be there every minute.

“We thought we had it covered, but it was just that one split second,” said Michael Pharr.

The brothers said she had just had an appointment with a neurologist Tuesday at the hospital.

“All of this came on all of a sudden,” said Darryl Pharr.

Both brothers said she loved her grandchildren very much.

“And she will be missed. Mom, we love you,” said Darryl.


Posted by North Carolina truck accident lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP

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