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Woman struck and killed in I-595 hit-and-run just west of I-95

November 4, 2010

It seems as if everyday accidents in South Florida highways leave someone either seriously injured or dead. The Sun-Sentinel reported that a woman was struck and killed this morning at around 3:30 am by a hit and run driver on the New River bridge just west of I-95. It is reported that while her body was still on the road, she was run over a second time by an 18-wheel tractor-trailer.

A few hours after the accident, the driver of the vehicle that sped away contacted authorities and is now cooperating with them. The women has not been identified as she was not carrying identification and there was no vehicle near the accident site.

The Florida Highway Patrol responded to the accident. FHP is responsible for patrolling highways in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Plantation, Weston and other interstate highways in Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Three of the four westbound lanes of I-595 were closed for over four hours. The traffic persisted during morning rush-hour, and a second accident was reported shortly after 7:45 am.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, 272 car accidents have been reported on I-595 in the past four weeks. Just a few weeks ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ranked I-95 in Florida the “nations most deadly highway” and Statistics found that in a 4 year period between 2004 and 2008, there were 662 fatalities from Florida car accidents.

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