North Carolina Man Killed by Truck on U.S. 19 in Crystal River


A man suspected of being impaired while allegedly crawling across U.S. 19 was hit by two vehicles and killed Tuesday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Shortly before 9 p.m., a 32-year-old man from Turnersville, N.C., was allegedly crawling on his hands and knees east across U.S. 19 south of Cornflower Drive. Troopers believe he moved into the path of traffic and was struck first by a Dodge Ram pickup truck and then a motorhome.

The pedestrian died at the scene of the crash.

5830622919_3f28af36d4_zOne of the vehicles involved in the accident had a passenger. That passenger and the two drivers were not harmed.

According to police, no charges were filed.

Darkness has been identified as a factor in many pedestrian crashes. In addition, alcohol impairment has the ability to affect how a person perceives a vehicle’s speed and distance, as well as the time needed to get out of harm’s way. This combination of hazards makes walking while drunk very dangerous on Citrus County roads and streets.

The state of Florida has a high rate of pedestrian deaths each year. What is important to note about these deaths is that those who are hit by cars may be able to seek financial compensation for their injuries. Drivers are responsible for exercising reasonable care on roadways and keeping a close lookout for pedestrians. A motorist that breaches that duty can still be held liable when the pedestrian was drunk. A Citrus County Auto Accident Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you and your family understand all of your available legal options.

If you have questions about pedestrian injuries, contact us today online or call 352-726-0078 for a free consultation to learn about your rights and options.

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