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Hagerstown woman struck, killed on I-70

April 25, 1999

FREDERICK, Md. - A 31-year-old Hagerstown woman was killed on westbound Interstate 70 on Saturday evening, according to the Maryland State Police.

Police said Leslie Danielle Welden, of 220 Bentley Court was a passenger in a 1998 Ford Escort.

Around 10:47 p.m., the driver of the Escort stopped on the shoulder of the slow lane on I-70 near the Md. 40 exit, police said.

Welden left the car and ran across three westbound lanes to the median strip.

Her dog jumped out of the car to follow her and stopped in the fast lane of I-70, police said.

Welden turned back to retrieve the dog and was hit by a 1985 Mercedes driven by Ronald Frederick Miller, 60, of 105 Christopher Court, Smithsburg, police said.

Police said she was thrown several feet into the air and landed in the median strip.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

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State Police said the pet was also killed.

Additional information was unavailable.

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