Woman who tumbled from car onto I-95 committed suicide, officials say
By WBTW News Staff
The scene where the woman was killed. (Source: WSAV)
Traffic at the scene.
YEMASSEE, S.C. (AP) - The death of a woman who exited a moving car on Interstate 95 in Jasper County Sunday night has been ruled a suicide, according to the Jasper County Coroner.
Leah Louise Becker, age 54, of Laguna Beach, California was riding with her brother in the southbound lane near mile marker 33 at Point South when authorities say she unbuckled her seat-belt and stepped out the car.
She was then struck and killed by a tractor trailer.
Traffic was re-routed about three hours Sunday. South Carolina Highway Patrol, the Jasper County Coroner's Office and the Jasper County Sheriff's Office investigated the incident.
Troopers say the fatal incident happened Sunday evening near the Jasper County community of Yemassee. Southbound traffic on I-95 was rerouted for almost three hours.
Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres says the female passenger was riding in a southbound 1993 Buick 4-door driven by a 58-year-old Savannah, Ga., man.
Beres says the Becker came out of the moving car and was struck and killed by a Freightliner tractor-trailer headed southbound in the next lane.
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