Retired educator killed in wreck

Elizabeth "Betty" Montgomery was struck by a vehicle here, at the corner of Allyson and Lakeshire drives, while walking Thursday morning.

Elizabeth “Betty” Montgomery was struck by a vehicle here, at the corner of Allyson and Lakeshire drives, while walking Thursday morning.

TUPELO – Police are investigating the death of a woman who was hit by a vehicle while walking in the near Lakeshire and Allyson Drives this morning.

Elizabeth “Betty” Montgomery, 64, died around 9:45 a.m. at the North Mississippi Medical Center from multiple injuries sustained when she was hit by a vehicle earlier in the morning.

Tupelo Police Capt. Rusty Haynes said the accident happened at approximately 5:40 a.m. The investigation is ongoing. More details will be released as they are available.

The driver of the vehicle is currently in custody of Tupelo Police.

Haynes said the suspect will most likely be charged Friday morning and his name will be released at that time.

Montgomery served as an educator in the Tupelo Public School district and then at Itawamba Community College for almost 20 years before retiring in December of 2010.

She was also active in her service to St. James Catholic Church.

Friends and co-workers remember Montgomery as a down-to-earth woman of great intellect and a drive to learn.

“She definitely was a scholar and had a contagious laughter,” said Ken Bishop, Montgomery’s former coworker communications division chair at ICC. “You knew she was present before you saw her in a room. She was just a down-to-earth good friend.”

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  • Tupelo_Guy

    So sad to hear! This is why Tupelo needs sidewalks everywhere asap so people can bike, walk, run out of harm’s way!

  • robbushway

    just moved here from Colorado Springs, CO – biggest thing we miss are sidewalks to safely walk and ride bikes.

  • level

    People should not run or walk near a street. You cant out run out of the
    Way of a 2, 000 lb car traveling fast. Im a safe and slow driver
    And cant tell you how many times ive come close to hitting a motorcycle, a person,
    Or bike. Cars hit cars constantly. Nothing will stop them from
    Hitting objects harder to see!

    • Jon

      Maybe the bigger problem here is people driving under the influence of alcohol.

      • level

        Alcohol and drugs are of course a big problem But the Majority of accidents like these are not alochol or drug related. They are just accidents that will keep happening. It’s simple common sense to me. Walking or running near a street that has cars on it is DANGEROUS. There’s always a chance so eliminate the chance. Run in a park or other places.

        • TWBDB

          This case did involve alcohol but level you’re right – walking / running in the road is dangerous especially very early in the morning.