A Port Charlotte woman died Thursday after a crash on Interstate 75 in Lee County involving a parked semitrailer.
Brooke Fenton, 29, was driving in the outside lane for southbound traffic near mile marker 135 at 7:34 a.m. when Ronald Bray, 49, of Port Charlotte changed from the inside to the outside lane, the Florida Highway Patrol stated in a news release.
The lane switch caused Fenton to swerve to the right to avoid Bray's 2000 Honda Insight, the Highway Patrol reported.
Fenton lost control of her 2006 Honda Civic, veered to the right onto the paved shoulder and crashed into a parked semitrailer, the news release states. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to officials' preliminary investigation, the driver of the semitrailer had pulled over onto the shoulder to stop and check a warning light in the truck, FHP spokesman Greg Bueno said.
The fatal crash, which remains under investigation, closed I-75 lanes near the scene for more than two hours and caused traffic to back up.
FHP says driver, 29, swerved to avoid car on I-75 in Lee County and died after crash