NORTH VENICE — An investigation is underway after an 18-year-old Sarasota girl reportedly walked into traffic and was killed on Interstate 75.
The fatal crash happened around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday morning in the southbound lanes near Mile Marker 195, the Laurel Road exit in North Venice.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a vehicle heading south in the passing lane near Laurel Road struck the teenager who walked into traffic.
The 18-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
The sedan involved in the crash was driven by a 27-year-old female from Philadelphia, with a 26-year-old female passenger, also from Philadelphia.
There were no other vehicles pulled off the roadway at the time of the crash.
FHP troopers continue to investigate.
Southbound lanes of I-75 near Laurel Road were closed down throughout the investigation, reopening around 5 a.m.