Woman killed on I-40 was struck twice

From Staff ReportsFebruary 25, 2011 

The Raleigh woman who was killed earlier this week on Interstate 40 after she got out of her car in the center lane had asked another motorist to use a phone moments before she was killed.

Amelia Hernandez-Garcia, 34, was struck by two vehicles and died at the scene of the accident, which occurred about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the westbound lanes of I-40 near the Gorman Street exit, according to Raleigh police.

The four other drivers and six passengers involved in the five-vehicle wreck were not seriously injured, according to an accident report released today by Raleigh police. The accident shut down the westbound lanes of I-40 for several hours.

According to the accident report, Hernandez-Garcia, of 1508 Maybrook Drive, Raleigh, stopped her 2004 Ford in the center lane and got out. When a motorist stopped to help, Hernandez-Garcia approached the driver asking to use a phone. A third approaching vehicle wasn't able to stop in time and struck the second vehicle, which caused Hernandez-Garcia to be thrown into the far left lane.

A fourth approaching vehicle then struck the first two vehicles, the report says. A fifth vehicle, which was westbound in the far left lane where Hernandez-Garcia was lying, could not stop and struck her, the report says.

No charges have been filed in the accident, police said.

Raleigh police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said investigators are still trying to figure out why Hernandez-Garcia, who had three passengers in her vehicle, stopped on the highway and got out of the vehicle.

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