Authorities block off Poinsett Highway after a fatal crash. (Oct. 17, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
An elderly woman was killed while trying to cross a Greenville highway Wednesday night.
The crash happened about 7:24 p.m. near the intersection of Poinsett Highway and Mt. Pleasant Avenue.
Naomi Watson, 78, was across the street from her home helping a neighbor clear acorns from her driveway, according to Tony Segar with the Greenville County Coroner's Office. Watson was struck by a vehicle while crossing Poinsett Highway on the way back to her home.
Family and friends said Watson had gone to help a neighbor who had fallen and was offered a ride back home, but decided to walk instead.
"I called her and told her I had fallen and I needed her to help me, if she could," said Watson's neighbor, who did not want to be identified.
She said Watson took at look at her injured eye and helped her before walking back home.
"I got up and I turned on the porch light," said Watson's neighbor. "She went down the steps, and I said when you get down there you be very careful. And she said I will and will call you when I get home."
"She was always eager to help somebody, if she could," said Watson's niece, Gloria Jenkins. "Over the years she had taken care of some of the other neighbors."
It is not clear if charges will be filed in the case. The Highway Patrol is still investigating.
A visitation is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home's northwest location and a graveside service will be held Sunday afternoon.
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