The body of an unidentified woman was found on the freeway.
Police are working to identify a woman who was hit and killed on I-17 southbound on Thursday morning. The I-17 SB at 16th Street has reopened after being closed for almost eight hours.
Drivers thought they saw an animal in the roadway, but when the Department of Public Safety arrived they found a woman's body near the I-17 and I-10 split.
Bart Graves with Department of Public Safety says the woman is black and was struck by a vehicle several times.
There were no vehicles at the scene when DPS arrived, but a woman later came forward and told officers she had hit a large object.
Graves says the driver claims she didn't know what she hit at the time. She won't face charges.
The lights above the 24th street exit weren't working which made it difficult for drivers to clearly see the road.
Graves says they are working to identify the slain woman and why she was on the roadway.
The I-17 at 16th Street was closed for almost eight hours.
Call DPS at 602-223-2000 with any information.
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