Gilchrist woman hit by car was fleeing intruder, deputies say


Published: Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 5:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 5:36 p.m.

Joyce Burrow was lying in the road in Bell after being struck by a car early Wednesday morning when neighbors came to her aid. Her dying words, authorities said, was that she was escaping an intruder in her house.

Neighbors later told investigators from the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office that they had heard a vehicle driving away from the house at 3500 NW 25th Circle, according to a report.

They called 911 and stayed with the 55-year-old woman until Gilchrist County Fire Rescue and deputies arrived at 2:54 a.m.

Burrow was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital where she was pronounced dead as a result of her injuries, according to the report.

The report did not indicate whether Burrow had known the identity of the intruder.

Members of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab in Jacksonville processed the scene and the results of their forensic investigation are pending, according to the report.

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