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November 14, 2019

Early in the morning of Monday, November 11th, a person was on foot, walking along Interstate 95 in Volusia County. The reports indicated that the area where this individual was walking was not one typically associated with pedestrian traffic, and that the person was on foot and walking through the area after suffering from a single-car collision.

It was around 4:00 in the morning when the individual who would eventually be walking through the area on foot, lost control of their vehicle and collided with a guardrail situated alongside the highway. After striking the guardrail, the car became fully disabled. After finding themselves unable to leave the scene within their vehicle, the driver exited the car and began to walk along the highway on foot. It is not clear where exactly they were headed, although it seems fairly self-evident that they were searching for some sort of auto-body or mechanic shop that could help tow and repair their vehicle.

Sometime close to 4:30 in the morning, as the individual was drawing near to the city of Edgewater, a 2016 Hyundai approached. Behind the wheel of the Hyundai was a 24-year-old from Daytona Beach. It is not clear whether or not the person driving the Hyundai noticed the disabled car or the pedestrian. What seems clear is that, even if they were aware of the person on foot, they were not able to respond to the pedestrian’s presence in enough time.

While it was not mentioned whether or not the pedestrian was walking on the shoulder or inside of a lane, it seems apparent that the driver of the Hyundai was traveling in such a manner as to begin heading directly towards the pedestrian. The Hyundai struck the pedestrian with considerable force, throwing him onto the hard ground and inflicting severe injury upon him.

The driver remained at the scene of the crash while members of the Florida Highway Patrol, paramedics, and EMTs rushed to begin treating the badly injured pedestrian. Unfortunately, due to the severity of their injuries, there was nothing that the emergency response crews could do. The pedestrian, a 39-year-old from Palm Bay, was declared dead at the scene of the accident.

At the time of this writing, no charges are pending for the driver of the Hyundai.

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