Woman lying in Pasco County road killed by car


Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 6:46 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 6:46 a.m.

DADE CITY, Fla. — A young woman who was lying in the middle of a Pasco County street was killed when a car ran over her.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that 23-year-old Mary Kopta was lying a road that ran parallel to Interstate 75 early Saturday morning when a car driven by 27-year-old Joanna Bartell ran over her. Kopta was pronounced dead at the scene.

FHP isn't sure why Kopta was in the middle of the road. Authorities are trying to determine if drugs or alcohol were in Kopta's system.

FHP says Bartell was not impaired and could not have avoided Kopta.

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