A Jacksonville woman struck and dragged by a vehicle Sunday during a “Respect Life” rally is listed in critical condition at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, according to hospital spokesperson John Moore.
Margie Benge, 80, was taken by helicopter to the Tyler hospital, according to a report filed by the Jacksonville Police Department.
The incident occurred about 2:30 p.m., said Detective James Oden, when a four-door sedan driven by 19-year-old Matthew McCauley of Bullard traveling north along South Jackson street bumped the curb just south of the Jacksonville Public Library, with the car straddling the sidewalk and the roadway.
The vehicle continued to travel north, striking a boat pulled by another vehicle that was inside the northbound lane near the intersection of Rusk and Jackson streets, then struck Benge, who was seated near the road as she took part in the pro-life rally sponsored by Our Lady of Sorrows Church.
“She was dragged or knocked approximately 25 feet by the vehicle,” Oden said.
McCauley told the officer at the scene that he was suffering from a lack of sleep, according to the report.
Police are waiting for results of bloodwork from the Department of Public Safety crime lab to determine whether charges will be filed against the driver.
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