Family of woman found on Fla. highway says she was left for dead
The family of a 33-year-old woman found dead on a Florida highway hours after she met up with a man she met online suspect her date left her for dead after she fell from the motorcycle they’d been riding.
Jennifer St. Clair was killed in the southbound lanes of I-95 around 2 a.m. Friday, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report cited by WPTV. She was laying in the center lane when she was struck by multiple vehicles and first responders pronounced her dead on the scene.
The Florida highway Patrol is investigating the deadly incident, though authorities have not yet said how St. Clair, a server who lived with her parents in Fort Lauderadale, ended up dead and alone in the street.
During a press conference Tuesday, her family members described what they believed to be the final hours of St. Clair’s life. They said her date picked up at home around 10 p.m. Thursday night and that they joined two other couples for a motorcycle ride to a restaurant and bar in Delray Beach.
Her family and attorney believe the group was returning home when St. Clair fell off the back of the motorcycle.
One of the drivers involved in the subsequent crash was left rattled by what he saw on the interstate, located just north of Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach, the Sun Sentinel reported.
“Laying across the road is what looked to be a body and I couldn’t react in time and I ran it over,” the driver said in front of news cameras.”I came to stop as fast as I could.”
The motorist, who did not give his name, said he also spoke with a motorcyclist parked in the emergency lane.
“I opened the door and asked, ‘Was that person laying in the road?’” he recalled. “And he said, ‘Yes, she’s dead.’”
That’s when the the man rode off, according to the driver, who said traffic continued despite the body being in the middle of the road.
“We don’t know how anybody could do something like that. That’s the hardest, hardest part,” her aunt, Amy Gamber told reporters Tuesday.
“My niece was left there. She didn’t deserve that.”
St. Clair’s death is being investigated as a traffic homicide, authorities said.
The Florida Highway Patrol has requested anyone with knowledge of the incident to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477. They’re offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
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