Fatal Crash Temporarily Closes I-95 NB Lanes in Broward

All northbound lanes closed at Stirling Road as authorities investigate fatal crash

By Brian Hamacher and Betty Yu
|  Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012  |  Updated 7:57 PM EDT
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The northbound lanes of I-95 were closed at Stirling Road in Broward County early Wednesday after a pedestrian was struck and killed in the area, authorities said. Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Mark Wysocky spoke to NBC 6 South Florida about what investigators had found.

The northbound lanes of I-95 were closed at Stirling Road in Broward County early Wednesday after a pedestrian was struck and killed in the area, authorities said. Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Mark Wysocky spoke to NBC 6 South Florida about what investigators had found.

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The northbound lanes of I-95 were closed after a pedestrian was struck and killed near Stirling Road. Footage showed traffic backed up for several miles.
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The northbound lanes of I-95 were closed at Stirling Road in Broward County early Wednesday after a pedestrian was struck and killed in the area, authorities said.

The crash happened around 4 a.m. and had traffic backed up to Hallandale Beach Boulevard, Florida Highway Patrol officials said.

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Officials identified the man as 56-year-old Lawrence Schopler, of Hollywood. It's unclear why he tried to walk across the highway. All three drivers who hit him stayed on the scene.

"We know that there was a single vehicle crash that occurred where a vehicle hit the median wall and then subsequently, we know that a male attempted to cross the northbound lanes of I-95 and was subsequently struck by three vehicles," said Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Mark Wysocky.

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"All our investigators have interviewed them, and they believe it was probably dark. It was obviously dark at 4 o'clock in the morning. We're trying to determine if any of the street lights were working at the time," Wysocky said.

The five-hour closure and cleanup of the road caused some drivers to miss their flights out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

"I planned to be here on time and everything. There were no signs indicating that the road was closed, and I was in a two-hour jam on the highway," said Hasiel Gonzalez.

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