Woman hit by car while retrieving keys accidentally tossed on road


Cheryl Ann Jefferson, 54, was killed along the South Beltway and Scott Street Sunday afternoon.

"To me, it's symbolic because I think God picked his angel today," said Lisa Filer-Miles, Jefferson's cousin. "Cheryl was a very Godly person and she definitely knew who God was. He picked an angel on a very good day, the day he rose."

Investigators say Jefferson was in an SUV with a friend and her friend's three children. They were on their way back from Easter lunch when Jefferson's friend realized she had lost her keys on the feeder road of Beltway 8.

"She accidently threw her keys out of the window with some trash and they came back to get the keys," said Filer-Miles.

With the SUV's flashers still on, Jefferson got out. She never even saw the car coming.

"The individual who struck her tried to avoid her and did not realize that she was stopped in the lane of traffic," said trooper Stephen Woodard with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Jefferson was killed instantly. Her friend was so upset that she collapsed and was taken to the hospital.

Investigators say the driver passed field sobriety tests and will probably not be charged.

"Sometimes we think that the service road is safer than our beltway or our interstates, but in fact it's all the same," said Woodard.

Now, Jefferson's family waves goodbye to a woman who worked three jobs, who loved to travel and who was always ready to help others.

"Today she lost her life doing what she really is, helping someone," said Filer-Miles

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