Teen girl dies on I-15 in an apparent suicide
ST. GEORGE A 13-year-old foster girl was killed Friday night in an apparent suicide while walking on I-15 in the dark.
The girl's remains were taken to the Utah State Medical Examiner's Office in Salt Lake City for an autopsy and DNA identification, Utah Highway Patrol trooper Rod Elmer said. Her body was damaged beyond recognition but authorities used the girl's clothes and other personal items to make a preliminary identification, Elmer said.
The girl had been living with a foster family in St. George. They had reported the girl as a runaway prior to Friday night's accident, Elmer said.
According to UHP, the teen was walking in the middle of the right lane on I-15 north Friday at approximately 10 p.m. A motorist traveling in that same lane did not see the girl in the dark, Elmer said. She also did not move to avoid the vehicle, Elmer said.
"The driver didn't have a chance to miss her," Elmer said.
Authorities pronounced the unidentified girl dead at the scene. The driver of the car was not injured.