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The Florida Highway Patrol has identified a woman who was found dead on I-75 in Punta Gorda after she was struck by multiple vehicles.
According to an FHP report, Melanie Beattie, 36, of Fort Myers, crashed her vehicle on the Peace River Bridge near mile marker 167 early Thursday morning. After her vehicle became disabled, Beattie left her car and walked across the northbound lanes, over a concrete barrier wall, and into the inside southbound lane of I-75.
For unknown reasons, Beattie was lying in the inside lane. A Toyota Camry was the first vehicle to strike Beattie, followed by a minivan, a semi, a pickup truck and another unknown vehicle.
FHP requests anyone who saw Beattie prior to the crash to contact Corporal Juan Quintana at 938-1800.