‘More questions than answers:’ Woman ID’d after deadly Orlando crash closes I-4 for 12 hours

Eastbound lanes were closed at John Young Parkway

ORLANDO, Fla. – A woman was identified after police said she was found dead in the area of her crashed car on an off-ramp, prompting a 12-hour closure of Interstate 4 in Orlando.

Eastbound lanes of I-4 were closed late Thursday at John Young Parkway and remained shut down through the morning drive and beyond, with authorities reopening the interstate just after 10:30 a.m. Friday.

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Orlando police said the incident, which occurred on I-4 at Orange Blossom Trail, involved a pedestrian, later identified as 39-year-old Teqilla L. Shepherd, who was found dead in the area of her unattended, crashed vehicle on the off-ramp.

“We understand the inconvenience to our community with having I-4 shut down due to this incident,” police said in a since-deleted tweet that was posted more than 10 hours after the interstate was closed. “Based on the suspicious circumstances surrounding this incident, our Homicide Detectives are working with our Traffic Homicide investigators to make sure we collect all the evidence.”


When asked why the tweet was deleted, police told News 6, “That was posted mistakenly. We are working to provide a more comprehensive update. Apologies for the confusion. We should be getting an update shortly.”

Evidence markers were spotted at the scene and police used drones to assist their investigation.

A tow truck removed a black car from the scene, and a big rig was also spotted nearby as police investigated.

“At this time, we have more questions than answers. Detectives are working to determine what led to this incident and the death of this individual,” police said in an update Friday afternoon.

Anyone with information or dashcam video pertaining to the death investigation or who may have tips on who Shepherd was with earlier is asked to call Orlando Police Department or Crimeline to submit an anonymous tip at 1-800-423-8477.

Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this developing story.

Lanes of I-4 in Orlando shut down for a death investigation. (WKMG)

About the Author:

John Ambrogne is an executive producer for News 6 and has been with WKMG-TV since 2012. John graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University and has covered breaking news and major events in Central Florida since 2002.