People mourn a woman who was killed on I-85 after getting out of her car in Gwinnett County.
Photo: John Spink
Photo: John Spink

Pedestrian struck and killed after getting out of car on I-85 in Gwinnett identified as Suwanee woman

A 23-year-old woman was struck by a car and killed early Friday after police said she got out of a car on I-85 and began walking up the interstate.

The accident happened about 4:30 a.m. on I-85 northbound just north of Ga. 316 in Gwinnett County.

“Apparently, she was having some sort of altercation with the driver, which caused the driver to pull over,” Gwinnett police Sgt. Wes Barnhart said.

“The deceased, who was intoxicated, got out and began to walk up I-85 northbound,” Barnhart told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The driver of the car the woman had been in called 911, “warning us that there was a road hazard so police would come out,” Barnhart said. “Before we could get here, the drunk passenger who was walking up the interstate was struck by another vehicle coming off the exit ramp. She made it about 300 feet up the road before she was hit.”

Gwinnett police Cpl. Edwin Ritter late Friday morning identified the woman as Briahna Baker of Suwanee.

Ritter said no charges are pending against the driver who struck Baker.

Government data released earlier this month showed that over a third of the pedestrians killed in 2011 had blood alcohol levels above the legal limit for driving.

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