20-year-old Greenfield woman killed on I-91

Published: 12/20/2018 11:39:41 AM

GREENFIELD — A 20-year-old woman died Wednesday night after being struck by a vehicle while she was walking on Interstate 91, state police said.

The preliminary investigation revealed Nyka Sanders, of Greenfield, was walking in the right-hand travel lane near the 45.2 mile marker, between the Greenfield exit and Route 2, on I-91 northbound when she was struck from behind at about 9:50 p.m., state police said.

Sanders was struck by a 2016 Honda Pilot driven by a 43-year-old Turners Falls man. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Honda was also occupied by a 41-year-old woman and three juveniles, none of whom were injured.

According to police, the investigation shows Sanders exited a vehicle on the interstate, began walking and was attempting to wave down passing vehicles at the time she was struck.

The remaining facts of the accident are under investigation by troopers from the Shelburne Falls barracks. The Greenfield Fire Department, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, along with various state police officials, all assisted on scene.

The northbound lanes of I-91 were closed in Greenfield for about an hour.

Sanders was a former student at Greenfield High School. A fundraising page in her honor was created by a family member.

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