Inverness Woman Killed in Pedestrian Crash on U.S. 41

A 66-year-old Inverness woman was killed last week after trying to cross U.S. 41 near Mossy Oak Drive around 8 p.m.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the woman stepped into oncoming traffic and was struck by  Ford Ranger driven by a 72-year-old Floral City woman.

The woman suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision.

The driver of the Ford Ranger suffered no harm.

night drivingAccording to reports, the driver of the Ford said she could not see the deceased pedestrian in the low-light conditions.

Charges are pending against the at-fault driver.

The crash caused U.S. 41 to be closed for an extended period of time.

As a pedestrian, you never expect to be struck by a car, truck or SUV. However, these types of accidents happen every day. Sadly, a collision between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle of any kind can have devastating consequences. The reality is that pedestrians have no protection against the force of a moving automobile, and the impact of a crash can deliver life-altering injuries such as spinal cord trauma, disfigurement, paralysis, traumatic brain injuries and even death. If you or someone you care for has been hit by a moving vehicle in Inverness or the surrounding area, it is best to speak with a Citrus County Auto Accident Attorney at Whittel & Melton as soon as possible so that we can begin pursuing just compensation for your losses.

Pedestrian accidents often occur when motorists are not paying attention to others sharing the roadways. It is not uncommon for pedestrian collisions to occur at night due to decreased visibility. An astounding 40 percent of pedestrian deaths occur at dusk, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Once the sun goes down, drivers have less visibility of the road in front of them. However, it is still the driver’s responsibility to exercise caution and slow down so that they can be prepared to stop in time if their headlights fail to illuminate a pedestrian in the roadway.

If you or someone you love has been harmed as a pedestrian in Citrus County, please contact us today online or call 352-726-0078 to learn how we can help you hold the at-fault driver accountable for their negligent actions. Your initial consultation is always free, so you have absolutely nothing to lose.

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