Woman dies in pedestrian accident

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A Centerville woman died as the result of injuries she received on Thursday while crossing Trinity Street to enter the Madisonville Square.

Madisonville Police Chief Herbert Gilbert said Anna Rodell, 78, died following the accident, which occurred at the intersection of Elm and Trinity streets Thursday afternoon.

“The PD got a call at about 1 p.m. Thursday about a car/pedestrian accident at the intersection of Trinity and Elm streets where CPR was being performed,” Gilbert said.

“It appears that a gentleman was driving through town west on Trinity Street, while (Rodell) was walking on the sidewalk on Elm Street, headed north toward the Square,” he said.

The driver, Earnest Bill Andrews Jr., 93, was crossing Elm on Trinity in his 2003 Ford F-250 pickup, Gilbert said.

“We’re still not sure if he realized he struck her,” Gilbert said.

Andrews continued driving for about a block, where he was stopped by a witness.

“One witness (whose name was not released) used her vehicle to cut Andrews off, which is where he stopped,” Gilbert said.

Rodell was taken to Madison St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead by emergency room physicians about ½ hour after the accident, Gilbert said.

Andrews also was evaluated at Madison St. Joseph.

“Once he stopped, he cooperated with law enforcement,” Gilbert said. “We’re still not sure if there will be charges.”

Gilbert said that the police department, with assistance from Texas DPS, will complete an investigation and turn it over to the District Attorney’s Office, which may present the information to a Madison County Grand Jury.

Gilbert said the accident highlights the need for better traffic control on the streets surrounding the square.

The Madisonville City Council in October voted to make the intersections at Trinity and Elm and Trinity and Madison as four-way stops.

“This is something that I looked at when I first got here,” he said. “It will take losing some parking spaces, but most of the people are on board with the idea.”

Gilbert said he hopes the city and TxDOT will move on the plan quickly, but in the meantime, pay attention to any traffic control items, and be cautious when entering the intersections.

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