Echo Davis hit and killed in I-495 accident

WASHINGTON (AP) - A woman was struck and killed on the Capital Beltway after she apparently left a car she was riding in to smoke a cigarette.

Virginia State Police say multiple witnesses saw the woman Friday night just after 10 p.m. She was wandering into and then running across travel lanes of I-495 east at the 173 mile marker, just east of the Eisenhower Connector exit.

The Virginia State Police say a 2007 Subaru SUV was unable to avoid a collision with the woman and struck her. The woman, 27-year-old Echo D. Davis of Benson, N.C., died at the scene.

The crash also caused a second chain-reaction crash involving four vehicles. State Police say three vehicles were stopped due to the crash ahead when a fourth vehicle hit them.