Published: Jun 25, 2014 10:53 AM EDT

PORT ORANGE, Fla. (AP) - A North Carolina woman is dead after a car crashed through a locked gate and hit her as she walked on the beach with her family.
    
The 45-year-old woman, from Hendersonville, North Carolina, was pronounced dead at the scene in Port Orange on Tuesday night.
    
Volusia County Beach Safety spokeswoman Tammy Marris told the Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/1qvHa0n ) the woman's family members were able to get out of the way and were not hit by the car.
    
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. They say 35-year-old Shawn Doolan of New Smyrna Beach was driving the car that hit the woman. He was being questioned by late Tuesday.
    
Witnesses told the newspaper the motorist was traveling about 60 mph when he hit the woman.
    
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Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com

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