Homestead - South Dade

Homestead woman dies after being struck by car

A Homestead woman became the 11th traffic fatality of the year in Monroe County after she was struck by a car as she prepared to walk across U.S. 1 in Key Largo, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Janet Merriweather, 50, died at Ryder Trauma Center in Miami after being airlifted by helicopter ambulance.

Troopers say Daniel O’Connell, 66, of Chester, Md., was driving a 2012 Ford Edge north on U.S. 1 in the outside lane when Merriweather “entered” his path of travel and his car struck her. Alcohol was not a factor, according to authorities.

She was hit at 4:40 p.m. Thursday and died at 6:25.