A 46-year-old Howard County woman intentionally stepped into traffic on northbound I-95 Thursday night and was struck and killed by a van. The accident shut down a segment of the highway near the Aberdeen interchange for about three hours.

Shortly before 9 p.m., officers from the Maryland State Police barrack responded to a report of a pedestrian struck on the road and found the van stopped on the shoulder. The driver, who sustained minor injuries in the collision, told police a woman had stepped into the path of the car.

Police found letters indicating the woman intended to commit suicide in another car abandoned on the shoulder of the highway. Officers said that car had no mechanical problems that would have caused the driver to make an emergency stop.

The victim was Christine Elizabeth Eldin of West Friendship. Her body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

Mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com