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    A woman is hit and killed when she steps into oncoming traffic.

   The accident happened just east of the University Avenue and Cedar Heights Drive intersection in Cedar Falls around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

   Terry Harp was crossing University when she was hit by a car.
   She was taken to Allen Hospital with severe injuries to her head. 
    Harp later died of her injuries.

   Unfortunately, why Harp stepped out in front of the car, is a question police haven't been able to answer.

   "The head lights on the car were operable. We just don't know what happened. There were witnesses too that, not just the operator of the vehicle, but there were other witnesses too that saw it and just no body can explain it," said Cedar Falls Police Chief Jeff Olson.

 Harp stepped off the median and into the path of a black sedan that was unable to stop.

  "If you look at the front of the vehicle you can tell it was a very hard collision," said Olson.

  Hitting Harp with enough force to damage the sedan's hood.

  Harp was on her way to a near by bus stop when the accident happened. She was headed to work at Pizza Hut, where the manager tells KWWL, she has worked for 29 years.

   The intersection of University Avenue and Cedar Heights Drive will be changed to roundabout as part of the University Avenue Reconstruction Project.
   Slowing traffic through the area.
"The speed of the vehicle was with in the speed limit, but the speed limit on University Avenue is 45, so that's pretty quick. Had there been a roundabout at that location. We know one thing. That vehicle would be going a lot slower," said Olson.
 

  But police are unable to say, if in this case, it would have saved Terry Harp's life.

  Speaking with Harp's manager at Pizza Hut, she told KWWL, Harp loved her job, having been there 29 years and had a big heart for those around her.
  Police say the driver of the car will not receive any tickets, but was pretty shaken up by the incident.
 

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