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Woman killed by car as she lay in roadway has been identified

DADE CITY — Authorities on Sunday released the name of a 23-year-old woman who died after she was run over as she lay on a darkened road early Saturday.

Mary-Mary Kopta, of Sarasota, died at the scene of the crash, which happened just after 2:30 a.m.

Kopta was lying in the westbound lane of Blanton Road, just west of Interstate 75, when she was struck by a 2002 Kia driven by 27-year-old Joanna Bartell, of Lecanto, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The FHP has yet to determine why Kopta was in the road. Toxicology tests on Kopta to see if alcohol or drugs were involved are pending and an investigation is ongoing.

Bartell was not impaired and could not have avoided the woman, the FHP said.

Woman killed by car as she lay in roadway has been identified 01/10/10 [Last modified: Sunday, January 10, 2010 11:09pm]
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