Woman hit by car, killed walking on beach in Port Orange, Florida, with family

Driver crashes through locked gate

PORT ORANGE, Fla. -- A North Carolina woman is dead after a car crashed through a locked gate and hit her as she walked on the beach with her family.

The 45-year-old woman, from Hendersonville, North Carolina, was pronounced dead at the scene in Port Orange on Tuesday night.

Volusia County Beach Safety spokeswoman Tammy Marris told the Daytona Beach News-Journal the woman's family members were able to get out of the way and were not hit by the car.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. They say 35-year-old Shawn Doolan of New Smyrna Beach was driving the car that hit the woman. He was being questioned by late Tuesday.

Witnesses told the newspaper the driver was traveling about 60 mph when he hit the woman.

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