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Woman running away from accident hit, killed on Northeast Loop 820 in Hurst

A woman was killed late Wednesday when she was struck by a vehicle as she attempted to run across a Hurst highway.
A woman was killed late Wednesday when she was struck by a vehicle as she attempted to run across a Hurst highway.

A woman was hit and killed late Wednesday as she attempted to run across Northeast Loop 820 after being involved in an accident, Hurst police said.

The victim was Vanessa Valdez, 27, of Fort Worth, according to authorities

Hurst police responded to the accident shortly before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of the southbound lanes of Northeast Loop 820.

“A neighboring department was attempting to locate a vehicle to stop it for speeding,” Hurst Assistant Police Chief Billy Keadle said in a Thursday email. “After colliding with a barrier, the driver exited the vehicle and appeared to be running away.”

A Richland Hills patrol officer attempted to stop her vehicle after observing her going at 88 mph on Texas 121 in Richland Hills, said Richland Hills police Capt. Sheena McEachran in a Thursday news release.

“The vehicle turned on their hazard lights and took the Handley-Ederville exit, off Airport Freeway and proceeded eastbound past Handley-Ederville Road,” McEachran said. “The driver continued onto the 820 south entrance ramp. Before the officer could reach the vehicle, the vehicle struck a freeway guardrail and was disabled with major damage.”

Valdez exited the vehicle and began to flee, Richland Hills police said.

Witnesses told police a woman was running across the highway when she was struck by a vehicle in the southbound lanes.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene..

No criminal charges are expected to be filed against the driver who struck the woman, Keadle said.

Multiple lanes of the highway were closed for hours as Hurst police investigated the fatal accident.

A vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian near the intersection of Gila Bend Lane and Beach Street about 11 a.m. Monday in far north Fort Worth. (Ryan Osborne/Star-Telegram)

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