Woman struck, killed on U.S. 40, east of Springfield identified

UPDATE @ 11:25 a.m. 

The woman struck and killed on U.S. 40 has been identified by the Springfield Police Division.

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Elizabeth S. Brightman, 41, of Columbus was standing in the roadway about 8:15 p.m. just outside the open driver side rear door of her 2003 Toyota, which was parked on the shoulder with its flashers on, according to the police report. She was then hit by a 2003 Dodge Stratus driven by Alexandria L. Thomas, 23, of Springfield, police said.

Thomas was tested for alcohol and drugs, but they aren’t suspected as a factor in the crash, according to the police report.

The crash remains under investigation, police said.

FIRST REPORT

A woman is dead after she stepped out of her car Wednesday evening, which was parked along the shoulder of westbound U.S. 40 east of Springfield, and was struck by a passing vehicle. 

That passing vehicle also sideswiped the victim's car, and the driver of the passing vehicle stopped a short distance after the impact. 

The accident was reported sometime between 9 and 9:15 p.m. 

Investigators are trying to figure out if the victim had stopped because her car had broken down or for some other reason.

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We're told the victim's car was pointed west on eastbound U.S. 40, in the area of Titus Road. She is believed to be in her 20s or 30s. 

Police, Clark County sheriff's deputies and troopers with the Ohio Highway Patrol responded to the scene. CareFlight also responded.

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