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1 pedestrian dies, 1 hurt in crash on U.S. 41 in Bradenton

BRADENTON -- A 38-year-old woman was killed and another was injured about 7 a.m. Tuesday when they illegally crossed U.S. 41 and were struck by oncoming traffic, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Bradenton women exited a transit bus in the 6200 block of 14th Street West and ran across U.S. 41 into the path of a southbound Ford E-350, according to the release.

The driver couldn't stop in time and hit both women, knocking Michelena Ann Lopez into the northbound lanes where she was then run over by a Hyundai Sante Fe, troopers said. Lopez was later pronounced deceased at Blake Medical Center.

The other 29-year-old pedestrian was treated at Manatee Memorial Hospital for minor injuries and released, according to the release.

The 36-year-old driver of the Ford E-350 was charged with driving with a suspended license, troopers said.

Troopers said no additional charges were pending since the women were trying to cross 14th Street away from an intersection.

The northbound lanes of U.S. 41 were blocked for about 90 minutes after the accident as troopers marked the scene, which included a pair of shoes and a lighter lying in the northbound lanes.

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