State Road 70 in Manatee County reopened after deadly New Year’s Eve crash

A pedestrian was killed in a traffic accident on State Road 70 in Manatee County on New Year’s Eve, according to Florida Highway Patrol. The accident blocked traffic on the state road for hours.

The incident occurred at around 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of State Road 70 and Garnet Trail, just east of Lorraine Road.

Megan Elizabeth Lanham, a 25-year-old woman from Lakewood Ranch, died after she was struck by a vehicle while walking on the paved shoulder of eastbound SR 70.

A driver in a Buick sedan traveling eastbound on SR 70 struck Lanham from behind, causing her to land on the grass shoulder at the side of the road. The driver continued eastbound, made a u-turn and returned to scene.

The crash was not alcohol related, according to FHP.

Troopers were called to the deadly crash around 6:39 p.m. Monday, according to FHP’s live traffic site.

State Road 70 was completely blocked for hours on Monday night, but some traffic was able to flow on the eastbound side of the road using the right turn lane, according to FHP.

State Road 70 has now been reopened.