Pedestrian Killed on I-77

WINNSBORO – A Kentucky woman was killed Friday night after her car broke down on I-77 and she attempted to cross the interstate on foot.

Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey said Emilie S. Hamilton, 49, of Georgetown, Ky. was driving a Volvo sedan north on I-77 just after 10 p.m. when she began to have car trouble just outside Columbia. Hamilton called her motor club for assistance just north of Two Notch Road and made it as far as the Highway 34 exit before the car broke down. Hamilton pulled into the breakdown lane on the exit 34 ramp and walked down the ramp and to the Exxon station on Highway 34.

Walking back to her car a short time later, Hamilton opted not to walk back underneath the overpass and up the exit 34 off-ramp to her car, deciding instead to walk up the I-77 South on-ramp from Highway 34 and take a shortcut across the interstate. At approximately 10:50 p.m. as Hamilton was crossing the southbound lane of I-77, she was struck by a 2015 Chevrolet Impala being driven by a 50-year-old Pennsylvania woman.

Ramsey said a doctor, also traveling south on I-77 at the time of the accident, stopped to assist and pronounced Hamilton dead at the scene.


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