Smith County Investigates Pedestrian Sex Assault

An investigation is underway after a woman was sexually assaulted in Northern Smith County Monday night. Authorities say the woman was walking toward Tyler on F.M. 14 when a stranger pulled over and offered her a ride.

When the pedestrian refused, the driver pulled her into the truck and drove to Neegan Park--where he sexually assaulted her. The woman fled to a nearby business for help soon after her attacker fled.

Authorities describe the suspect as a black male in his late 20s or early 30s. He was driving a blue or black extended cab pick-up. If you have any information in this case, contact the Smith County Sheriff's Department.

   Kerri Panchuk, reporting.