A 14-year-old girl was struck and killed Friday night while crossing the Baltimore National Pike in Catonsville, a Baltimore County police corporal said.

Cpl. John Wachter said the girl who has not been identified was struck by a Volkswagen Passat in the westbound lane about 9:30 p.m. as she tried to cross from the north to the south side of the road. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

The pike is part of U.S. 40, which has been identified as one of the deadliest pedestrian corridors in the region. Since 2003, at least 30 people have been killed while walking along or across the 52-mile stretch of U.S. 40 between the Susquehanna River and the point where it merges into Interstate 70 in western Howard County.

U.S. 40 is classified as a "principal arterial highway" – a type of heavily used, non-interstate road that studies have shown to be particularly hazardous to pedestrians.

arthur.hirsch@baltsun.com

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