Medical examiner identifies woman who ran into traffic before being hit, killed

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AKRON, Ohio -- The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the woman who jumped out of an SUV, ran over a median and dodged other cars before being hit and killed on state Route 8 Monday.

According to a press release, the woman was Tonya R. Johnson, 43. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Police say Johnson was riding with her husband around 3:30 p.m. when she suddenly jumped out of their moving SUV. Police say there was apparently some type of argument, when she stepped out into the southbound lanes, ran eastbound across the northbound lanes and over the cement divider.

She was then hit by a Nissan pick-up truck and was killed instantly. No one else was seriously injured.

But the incident prompted several other accidents. About 10 cars were involved in fender benders.

A large portion of state Route 8 between Tallmadge and Howe avenues shut down for hours while officers examined the accident scene.

Police say it's inappropriate to speculate on a motive for Johnson's actions.

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