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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A woman was killed early Sunday morning after she was struck by a car on the Gene Snyder Freeway.
The incident took place around 1:00 a.m. in the Fairdale area on I-265 eastbound, near the South Park overpass.
Police say the victim is 41-year-old Karen Tipton, of Mount Washington. They say she was walking in the roadway when she was struck by a person driving a Toyota Solara.
The driver stopped and called police after realizing he struck her.
Police say they found no abandoned cars nearby and unsure sure why she was walking on the highway.
Authorities say it's never a good idea to get out of your car along busy roadways.
LMPD Public Information Officer Alicia Smiley said, "Unfortunately sometimes when people have car trouble or something, they'll get out of the vehicle, which we do not recommend. Always, we recommend if you have a cell phone nearby or some ways of communicating with other people, to let emergency help come to you."
The highway for several hours early Sunday morning due to the accident.
Authorities say Tipton died of multiple blunt force trauma injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene and the coroner's office is waiting for toxicology reports.