TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) -- A North Carolina woman was struck and killed by a car as she tried to cross a highway in southern New Jersey.

Toms River police say the 50-year-old Bladenboro resident, whose name was not released, was struck on Route 37 East around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities say the woman had been staying at a nearby motel, but further details were not disclosed.

The Asbury Park Press ( reports that the accident is the fifth fatal crash on Route 37 this year and the third involving a pedestrian. Six people have been killed overall in the crashes.

No charges have been filed in the accident, but an investigation is ongoing.

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