UPDATE: Woman killed while crawling on US 60 was homicide?Posted: Updated:
TEMPE -- UPDATE Saturday Feb. 28:
PHOENIX - Police are investigating a woman's death that shut down a Valley freeway for hours as a homicide.
Calcia Conway, 21, was hit by at least two cars as she crawled across the US 60 near McClintock Drive early Friday morning.
The freeway was shut down for seven hours during the investigation, delaying some commuters by up to two hours.
Witnesses described the scene by saying, "All the cars in front of me were coming to a stop and I went to go get into the HOV lane 'cause no one was going to the left and that's when I realized that there was a body there."
The Department of Public Safety still does not know why the woman was crawling on the freeway but they think she may have been injured before the accident.
Drivers told 3TV there was a body in the road that was hit at least once and possibly several times.
It happened shortly before 5 a.m.
Details are sketchy, but the Department of Public Safety confirmed the fatality early on.
According to commuters who were heading west on U.S. 60, the body was right in the middle of the freeway just past McClintock Drive.
Investigators are still trying to piece together exactly what happened, but they believe that a woman was trying to cross from the HOV lane to the slow lane. She apparently was crawling, so it's possible that she was injured before she was hit by at least one vehicle.
What's not clear is where the woman came from or how she got on to the freeway. There was no car in the vicinity that the woman might be associated with.
Investigators do not know much about the victim other than that she was an Hipanic or Native American woman in her 20s or 30s. They said she was well-dressed and manicured so they've ruled out the possibility that she was a transient.
Investigators are working to identify the woman notify her next of kin.
DPS said foul play is suspected and are treating the situation as a homicide.
The driver of the SUV that hit the woman said she did not see the victim crawling in the roadway until it was too late to avoid hitting her.
The driver behind that SUV said she swerved to try and avoid the body and ended up slamming into the back of the SUV.
Rebecca Bedmarek, the driver of the third car involved, said she saw the wreck and moved over toward the HOV lane to avoid it. Bedmarek said she went right past the body.
The freeway was closed for nearly seven hours while DPS conducted its investigation.
Traffic was being rerouted in all different directions and cars were backed up for miles throughout the morning. Traffic finally cleared in the McClintock Drive area just after 11 a.m.
DPS reopened westbound U.S. 60 to traffic shortly after 11:30 a.m..