Sarasota, Fl – A tragic incident unfolded on Monday along the southbound lanes of Interstate 75, resulting in the death of a Bradenton woman who was struck by a car. The 25-year-old woman’s sedan had broken down in the outside lane near mile marker 214, just north of University Parkway, at approximately 4:30 p.m., as reported by the Florida Highway Patrol.
According to FHP, the woman was standing near the open driver’s side door when she was hit by another sedan driven by a 20-year-old Sarasota woman. The collision occurred while the second sedan was in the process of changing lanes. The impact caused the Bradenton woman’s body to be thrown onto the shoulder, and sadly, she succumbed to her injuries at the crash site.
Following the collision with the pedestrian, the second sedan also collided with the side of an SUV, which was carrying a 40-year-old woman and two girls, aged 13 and 8, from Naples. Fortunately, they did not sustain any injuries in the accident.
Additionally, a fourth vehicle, another sedan, collided with the rear of the Bradenton woman’s car. The driver of that sedan, a 21-year-old man from Bradenton, did not suffer any injuries.
It is worth noting that there was a 9-year-old girl inside the Bradenton woman’s car, but thankfully, she emerged from the multiple collisions unharmed.
The Florida Highway Patrol has initiated an investigation into the crash. This unfortunate incident serves as a reminder of the importance of road safety and caution when encountering breakdowns on highways.