Branson police have named a pedestrian who died on U.S. 65 Friday night as 33-year-old Amber Lawson, of Branson.

Lawson died after she was struck by a vehicle in a northbound lane of U.S. 65 near Missouri 248.

Officials do not know why Lawson was crossing the highway. Branson police is still investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Branson Police Department at 417-334-3300.

The full statement from the city follows:

“The pedestrian involved in Friday’s fatal accident on US Highway 65 has been identified as 33-year-old, Amber Lawson of Branson, Missouri. The City of Branson extends its sincerest condolences to the family as they mourn the loss of Mrs. Lawson.

“At approximately 8:29 PM on Friday, August 24, 2018, Branson Police Department along with Branson Fire Department and Taney County Ambulance responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian accident in the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 65 near State Highway 248. 

“A 2004 Chevy 3500 truck operated by Thomas Cooper of Mountain Grove was traveling in the passing lane of northbound U.S. Highway 65. Due to an unknown reason, Lawson walked into the path of the truck. Preliminary information shows no impairment of the driver. 

“[After] talking with family a little bit, we know she was walking on 65, but we don’t know why she crossed and where she crossed at is not a common place to cross 65. Right there is a divided highway, it’s four-lanes, and there’s no access for pedestrians besides walking from the roadway either from 76 or 248, so we don’t really know why she was on the roadway at the time,” Sgt. Stanley Kauffman said.

“The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Branson Police Department. Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact Sgt. Kauffman or Officer Yartz at 417-334-3300.”

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I am Amber Lawson's mom and I feel the statement implying she stepped into the path of the truck is not only incorrect but assumption as well. She walked everywhere she went and would even walk to the lake at the Landing to feed the ducks. She loved nature, eagle and bird watching, and walked nature trails often when she wasn't working, sometimes in the evenings as well. She was always careful to stay on the side and not on the road. Especially once it was dark. I do not know what that statement was based on, but I would like to see this corrected.

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