A Villa Ridge resident was killed Saturday after being struck while lying in the road.

Deborah L. Potts, 55, was lying in the eastbound lane of Highway EE in Jefferson County at 11:50 p.m. and was struck by a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Darrin J. Denter, 45, Hillsboro, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol preliminary report. 

The Denter vehicle was eastbound on Highway EE west of Morse Mill Road. The truck came to a controlled stop after Potts was struck, the patrol said.

Potts was pronounced dead at 12:07 a.m. by Big River Ambulance personnel. The body was taken to Schagger's Mortuary by Mahn Funeral Home, according to the patrol. 

Denter was not injured. He was wearing a seat belt, the patrol said. 

The patrol did not say why Potts was lying in the road.