Authorities Search for Driver After Woman Struck, Killed in Hit and Run

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A woman is dead after a hit and run accident in Booneville Tuesday night (June 17th). Now, authorities are searching for the driver that hit her, according to Bill Sadler with Arkansas State Police.

Joy Duvall, 50, from Booneville, was struck by a vehicle as she walked southbound along the northbound shoulder of State Highway 23 approximately one-half mile south of Highway 10, according to Bill Sadler with Arkansas State Police.  Duvall was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It was just a terrible thing to look at and witness," said Duvall's son-in-law Dale Crum.

Now, Sadler said troopers with Arkansas State Police, Booneville Police and Logan County Sheriff's Office are investigating.

"Just a great woman and to hear that and to visually see the scene last night like I said its a hard thing for the family to go through," Crum said.

Troopers have talked with residents who live in the area where Duvall was seen walking before she was struck, Sadler said.

Duvall was wearing a light color tank top, denim shorts and athletic shoes when she was hit, Sadler said.  She was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound along Highway 23 about 9:50 p.m. according to Sadler.

"Give this family some closure and set some hearts at ease," Crum said. "It's bad enough it happened the way it did. Just give this family some closure so we can move on with our lives that we can try and rebuild."

The Arkansas State Police is asking for anyone with information about a vehicle seen leaving the area of the hit and run scene in Booneville to contact State Police, Troop H Headquarters at Fort Smith by calling (479) 783-5195.