Pedestrian killed on I-75 near Newberry Road

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 11:12 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 11:12 a.m.

A pedestrian was struck by a tractor-trailer and killed on Interstate 75 in Gainesville early Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Ashley E. Lawson, 28, of Chesapeake, Va., died at the scene.

The crash was reported at 2:30 a.m. on southbound I-75 near the Newberry Road interchange, according to an FHP media release.

Truck driver Orbin E. Samples of Dry Ridge, Ky., told FHP he saw an object move in front of him from the emergency lane. He was unable to take evasive action and struck Lawson.

FHP Sgt. Tracy Pace said it has not been determined what Lawson was doing on I-75.

- Cindy Swirko

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