A 72-year-old Tavernier woman died Tuesday night after she was struck by two -- possibly three -- cars as she walked along U.S. 1, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Mabel Aguiar, 72, of Tavernier died after being struck around 10:40 p.m. in the northbound lane at mile marker 92. She became the sixth traffic fatality of 2014 south of Florida City compared to 12 for the same period in 2013, says Lt. Kathleen McKinney.
Troopers say Elizabeth Ramirez, 22, of Homestead was driving a 2003 Chevrolet north in the inside lane. As she neared Julep Road, she saw the car in front of her swerve to the right. When that auto was out of the way, she saw what turned out to be Aguiar standing directly in front of her car and couldn't avoid her, and struck her.
Then Daniel Singleton, 19, of Key Largo, driving a 2001 Jeep, drove up on the outside lane. He tried to switch to the left-hand lane, then ran over Aguiar, whom he didn't see, troopers said.
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A possible third auto, maybe a Toyota Corolla, might have been involved but in what capacity, troopers didn't say.
Troopers say it was cloudy at the time of the crash, the road was wet due to rain, and lighting conditions were poor.
U.S. 1 was blocked at 10:45 p.m. About an hour later, northbound motorists were steered onto the right shoulder, and the highway reopened at 3:24 a.m.
Anyone with information about the possible third auto should call Trooper Eloy Arias or Cpl. Cliff Fisher at 305-470-2500.