Woman trying to cross I-5, struck and killed by a vehicle

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A 44-year-old Bakersfield woman trying to cross Interstate 5 was struck and killed by a vehicle late Tuesday night.

Shortly before midnight Tuesday, the woman was driving a 2000 Mercedes Benz ML430, southbound on I-5 in the #3 lane, north of Valencia Boulevard approaching a construction zone with a reduced roadway ahead, California Highway Patrol investigator J. Bielman wrote in his report.

It appears from preliminary investigations, the woman steered her car to the left, through the construction cone pattern, and her car collided with a traffic management arrow board in the #2 lane, which is the lane next to the car pool lane.

After the collision, the woman got out of her car and crossed over the dirt median center divider, Bielman wrote in his report.

The woman, whose identity has not been released, began crossing the northbound lanes of I-5, and was subsequently struck by a passing vehicle traveling northbound on I-5.

CHP and LA County fire arrived on scene and began life saving measures, but were unsuccessful.

As a result of this collision P-1 succumbed to her injuries on scene.

All traffic lanes in the northbound direction were temporarily stopped and diverted off at Valencia Boulevard for about 50 minutes following the crash.

All lanes were opened shortly before 3:30 a.m.

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