JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 28-year-old woman was struck and killed early Monday morning after she hit a guardrail along the entrance ramp to southbound Interstate 295 from Town Center Parkway and then got out of her car, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
According to an FHP report, the woman crashed into the barrier on the right shoulder of the entrance ramp around 3:45 a.m. and her sedan became disabled. The report said the woman “exited the vehicle and began to stand on passenger side” when an SUV traveling up the ramp to southbound I-295 struck the woman and the sedan. Troopers said the woman died at the scene.
The driver of the SUV, a 58-year-old Jacksonville Beach man, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, troopers said.
“It’s a dangerous situation if you’re stranded there,” said News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson.
Due to the deadly crash, all southbound lanes of I-295 at Town Center Parkway for more than four hours, causing heavy delays for morning commuters.
There’s construction in the area, and some commuters told News4Jax that they feel it’s dangerous.
“When highways are under construction, you’ve got to pay very, very close attention because it’s very tricky sometimes, and sometimes it’s confusing,” Jefferson said.
The Highway Patrol continues to investigate.
“I called DOT (Florida Department of Transportation). They say they can’t comment because it’s an FHP investigation. But they say also this is 3 in the morning and that needs to be taken into account. They encourage people to slow down in construction zones,” Jefferson said.