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More information on deadly I-94 crash from Monday night
OTSEGO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - We're learning new information about a deadly crash on I-94 in Kalamazoo County.
It's breaking news we first brought you Monday night at 11.
Michigan State Police say 51-year-old Tammy Hartman and her sister were hitch-hiking to California Monday night.
Hartman attempted to cross the eastbound lane of I-94 near the 9th Street overpass. She was hit and killed by two vehicles.
"I'm more in shock than anything else, it tore me up, still kind of hurts right now," said Jim Irving, Hartman's friend.
Irving tells us he can't believe his good friend Tammy Hartman is gone.
He says Monday night he dropped Tammy's younger sister Kim off at the McDonald's on D Avenue so that she could meet up with Tammy and hitch hike to the west coast together.
Irving says the women were struggling with severe health issues, were unemployed and trying to apply for disability.
Irving says they decided to head to California because they couldn't stand spending another winter in Michigan.
"Their hopes were to go out to California and get a place to live and see about getting on disability out there if possible, and they were going to keep in touch with me," said Irving.
Irving tells us it was his idea the sisters move to California because of their health issues.
"Certain parts of California that have less humidity and the winters are not as severe as what they are here," said Irving.
But Irving says he wanted them to wait a month so he could drive them himself.
"It kind of upsets me. I wished I could of done more, like I said, I wish my truck would have been fixed," said Irving.
Michigan State Police say the sisters were arguing when Hartman attempted to walk across the eastbound lane.
"I don't know if they had been drinking. When I dropped Kim off, neither one of them had had alcohol," said Irving.
Police say Hartman was hit by a semi and an M-DOT truck and died at the scene.
Police tell us Kim was not injured and Irving says so far he hasn't heard from her.
"I do know I have some of her stuff. I told her I would hang on to it, and I would bring it to California myself when I come visit.
Michigan State Police say this crash still remains under investigation.