The Gilmer Mirror (Texas)
The woman known to assassination researchers as "Rose Cheramie"
September 9, 1965
Woman Lying On Highway Fatally Hurt
An unusual accident on Highway 155 took the life of a Duncanville woman and increased the traffic death total for Upshur County to 18 so far this year, 16 of them on rural highways and two inside the Gilmer city limits.
Latest victim was identified as Melba Christine Youngblood, 41, who was fatally injured when struck by a car as she was lying on Highway 155 at the roadside park one and one-half miles north of Big Sandy.
A sister made the identification and told officers she had called her the night before to say she was going to hitch hike to New Orleans and had a ride with three sailors.
The woman was struck by a car driven by Jerry Don Moore, 23, of Tyler. He was driving on Highway 155 about 2:15 am Saturday when the accident occurred.
Moore said he saw some luggage on the highway and that as he dodged it he ran over her where she was lying in the road He was absolved of any blame in the accident.
Moore picked the woman up and took her to Hawkins to a doctor. An ambulance was called and she was transferred to a Gladewater hospital where she died about 10:00 Saturday morning. She never regained consciousness after she was brought to the hospital.
She carried no identification other than the letters found in her luggage.
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