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Woman Dies In Friday Accident

COOLEEMEE – A Salisbury woman died Friday after she stepped into the side of a moving tractor trailer on NC 801.

Angelica Loj Taylor, 23, died immediately, said Police Chief Bobby West.

Investigators don’t know why the woman stepped into the side of the truck, and may never know, West said.

No charges will be filed against the driver of the truck, Stephen Patrick Brewer of Charlotte, West said.

He was driving the speed limit, 40 mph, and the truck met all safety standards.

Brewer told Cooleemee Officer Matt D. Scott that he saw the woman standing on the side of the road, passed her, then heard a bump and saw the body in the road in his rearview mirror.

Another witness said he saw Taylor standing on the side of the road, then she just stepped into the side of the trailer – about halfway down its length.

West said that Taylor was staying in a house on one side of NC 801, and had already made a few trips across the road to the Handi-Cupboard convenience store to use the telephone.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Taylor was held Wednesday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Mocksville.