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Former Arlington Teacher dies when hit by a car while crossing the street

Posted on Aug 24, 2016

For years, Kristy Joeckel battled Huntington’s disease, but she stayed strong for her three children, who are now young adults.

Before the disease disabled her, Ms. Joeckel, 53, was an accountant and an elementary teacher in the Arlington school district and at private Arlington schools.

On Monday, officials with the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified Joeckel as the woman struck and killed by a vehicle on South Cooper Street early Saturday.

“Kristy made all of us laugh,” her ex-husband, Mark Joeckel, said Monday. “And we were touched by her loving kindness to the very end of her life.”

The vehicle was northbound in an outside lane in the 2600 block of South Cooper Street at about 5 a.m. Saturday, and Ms. Joeckel was apparently in the roadway when the accident occurred, police said.

“Investigators believe the pedestrian did not utilize a crosswalk and was attempting to cross the street,” Lt. Christopher Cook, an Arlington police spokesman, said in a statement. Ms. Joeckel was pronounced dead at the scene.

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