A Central Kentucky woman was hit and killed by a tractor trailer while trying to cross a Georgia interstate at about 1 a.m. Friday.
Judith “Judy” Stacy was a social studies teacher at Beaumont Middle School. She, along with her husband and two daughters, had been traveling back home from a vacation in Florida when the accident happened, Beaumont Associate Principal Jerry Barrowman said.
Her husband, 50-year-old Phillip Stacy, lost control of a Honda Pilot near the Eisenhower Parkway on-ramp in Macon, Ga., and hit the guardrail, spun around and came to a stop in the center lane of the highway, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office in Bibb County, Ga.
“Mr. Stacy is reporting he was forced off the road by another vehicle entering from Eisenhower Parkway,” Bibb sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Randy Gonzalez said.
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Judith Stacy and her daughters got out of the SUV and began to run to the shoulder of the road, according to the sheriff’s office.
Judith Stacy was hit by a Freightliner tractor trailer in the far right lane, and Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said she was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Stacys’ Pilot was facing oncoming traffic when the coroner arrived.
“The car that caused it left,” Jones said.
No description of that vehicle was immediately available, Gonzalez said, but the investigation is continuing.
Barrowman said Stacy had taught at Beaumont for eight years and had once been a student there herself.
“Judy Stacy grew up in the Beaumont community. She was a 24 year veteran educator. For 15 years, she taught social studies in Bourbon County. In 2009, she returned to her childhood schoolhouse at Beaumont Middle School to teach eighth grade social studies,” he said in a statement. “To her students she was a mentor and surrogate mother. To her colleagues, she was an inspiration and a friend. Her contribution to the classroom has been profound, and the legacy of her influences on countless students, parents, and teachers will stand as a testimony to a life exceptionally lived.”
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home.