Mississippi driver dies in I-75 hit-and-run in Monroe County

A Mississippi driver died on a Monroe County roadway Saturday afternoon. (Credit: Monroe County Emergency Services)
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A Mississippi driver died on a Monroe County roadway Saturday afternoon. (Credit: Monroe County Emergency Services)

Credit: Monroe County Emergency Services

A driver from Mississippi was struck and killed Saturday afternoon by a wrong-way driver on an interstate in Monroe County, authorities said.

Nandi Franklin was traveling northbound on I-75 near Macon between mile marker 173 and 174 when she was hit head-on by another vehicle traveling southbound around 2:30 p.m., the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said. The driver then left the crash scene, the agency said.

Franklin was pronounced dead at the scene.

A photo posted by the Monroe County Emergency Services shows a blue car with front damage. Deputies said that initial reports from witnesses described a light-colored car, possibly a silver Toyota sedan, that caused the wreck.

The northbound lanes of I-75 were completely closed for about two hours until one lane opened, and all lanes opened to traffic after about three hours.

Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the suspect vehicle or driver is asked to contact the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 478-994-7010.

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