What should have been a night of fun turned into a night of tragedy for a University of Tampa alumna this week.
Megan Thompson, 28, and a friend were both struck and killed trying to run across Interstate 4 in the rain Wednesday night.
The sports medicine major and her friend, Cammie Krusoe, were attempting to cross the eastbound lanes of the interstate near the Ford Amphitheatre, where the Dave Matthews Band was scheduled to perform.
Krusoe, a USF alumnus, had won two tickets to the concert through a local radio station and gave her second ticket to Thompson.
The two friends stayed for the opening act of the concert, and then, at about 8:35 p.m. attempted to reach the Hard Rock Casino by crossing over ten lanes of traffic and a major median.
Both women were struck twice, first by a car in the inside eastbound lane. The first car, a 2006 Toyota driven by Bjorn Vijayanager, threw Thompson into the path of a 2004 Audi driven by Danielle Murphy. Krusoe was thrown by the same first car into the center lane and was hit by a 1999 Ford driven by Angela Peacock. The women were pronounced dead at the scene.
All of the drivers involved pulled to the side of the interstate, and none of the drivers involved were found under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Trooper Larry Coggins.
Because of rain, visibility on the road was poor, said Coggins. “Pedestrian traffic is against the law on the interstate system,” he added.
Thompson graduated from the University of Tampa with a degree in sports medicine. She recently worked a job as a bartender at the Tampa Ale House in Carrollwood.
One of her friends and co-workers, Nichole Carlisle, told TBO.com that co-workers and customers were devastated by the news.
Another friend, Beryl Morton, said “she was just an amazing, beautiful person whose smile and laughter just filled a room.”