NAPLES — A 69-year-old Naples woman was killed this morning after being struck by a car as she was crossing U.S. 41 near Vanderbilt Beach Road in North Naples.
Sharon Alice Ray was struck by a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta being driven by Dashmy Bellane, 24, of Naples. Bellane was traveling north on U.S. 41 in the left lane when his car hit Ray, who was walking west across the northbound lanes of the highway a few minutes after midnight Thursday just north of Vanderbilt Beach Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Just before the crash, another vehicle northbound in the center lane of U.S. 41 slowed for the pedestrian, who then ran across the center lane into the path of Bellane's car, FHP reports.
Ray was taken to nearby NCH North Collier hospital, where she died from injuries received in the crash. Bellane was not injured in the crash, and no passengers were in his vehicle.
NBC-2 is reporting that Ray was at Burn by Rocky Patel cigar bar in Mercato when she got into an argument with a man. Ray took off running from the man through the Mercato, according to NBC-2 reporters.
Ray, who had a master's degree in nursing, served as a hospital executive in Illinois for many years. She donated much of her time to various charities in Naples, and enjoyed reading, quilting and traveling.
She is survived by a daughter, two sons and six grandchildren.
A memorial gathering for her will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, with a memorial service at 4 p.m. at Fuller Funeral Home, 1625 Pine Ridge Road, North Naples.