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Woman exits car, is struck and killed on I-85

DULUTH — A 23-year-old woman was hit and killed on Interstate 85 Friday morning after an argument left her stranded on the side of the road.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said that 23-year-old Suwanee resident Briahna Baker was walking along I-85 northbound at about 4:20 a.m. Friday when she was struck by a passing car. She had been riding in another vehicle before a disagreement with its driver, police said.

“Ms. Baker got into an argument with the driver of that vehicle about the state of Ms. Baker’s intoxication,” Ritter said. “The driver pulled over to the side of I-85 and Ms. Baker exited the vehicle. Ms. Baker physically refused to get back in the vehicle and the driver then left the area, leaving Ms. Baker behind.”

Emergency operators soon began to get calls about Baker stumbling into the roadway, and police were dispatched to the area near I-85 and Sugarloaf Parkway.

“As police were responding to the scene, Ms. Baker was subsequently struck by a vehicle traveling north bound in the right lane on I-85,” Ritter said.

Baker died at the scene.

No charges are pending against either driver.

Multiple lanes of the highway were shut down for several hours while police investigated the scene.