WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A woman died after she was struck by an SUV Thursday morning on a Business I-40 exit ramp in Winston-Salem.
Victoria Lynn Evans, 45, of 3816 Country Club Road, was struck while attempting to cross the exit ramp from Business I-40 East to U.S. 421 South toward Silas Creek Parkway shortly before 7:30 a.m., police said.
After Evans was struck, police said another car crashed into the back of the SUV that initially struck her.
Evans died after being taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Sgt. Peterson with the Winston-Salem Police Department said earlier that investigators do not believe Evans was trying to commit suicide.
The victim does not have a vehicle registered in her name, Peterson said.
Investigators were hoping family members would be able to explain why the victim was walking on the interstate. Police said the family has been notified, but it still was not clear why she was walking across the roadway.
Peterson said it’s not likely that the driver of either vehicle will be charged. The driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital as a precaution, he said.
Traffic was at a standstill near the bridge as of 7:45 a.m., dispatchers said. It wasn’t clear as to how long traffic was congested, but the exit ramp to Silas Creek Parkway was closed until shortly after 9:45 a.m.