Citrus County Sheriff Strikes and Kills Pedestrian in Hernando County
Reports are still emerging regarding an incident that took place in Citrus County on the night of Wednesday, August 21st, and resulted in the death of a pedestrian. What we know at the time of this writing is that the pedestrian in question was attempting to cross U.S. Highway 19 inside of Hernando County. It was sometime around 9:00 in the evening when the pedestrian was making this attempt. At the same time, the sheriff for Citrus County was on his way back from a board meeting.
It is not clear if the area where the pedestrian was attempting to cross the road features any sort of pedestrian crossing safety features or if it is an area where individuals on foot are not normally expected to be crossing the road. Even though it is a highway, areas not known for their pedestrian crossing zones, it is true that there are highways that feature crosswalks, especially if these highways have intersections known for high pedestrian traffic. The reports on this particular incident failed to mention whether or not that was the case for the area where this crash happened. It is not even clear if this collision took place at an intersection or if it was instead somewhere along an unbroken stretch of highway.
It is not known if the Citrus County Sheriff was inside of a patrol vehicle or traveling in his private car, truck, or SUV. It is also not known if the sheriff saw the pedestrian before the collision took place. After the accident, paramedics and EMTs rushed to the scene to try and assist the badly injured pedestrian, but they were ultimately forced to declare the individual dead at the scene of the accident.
At the time of this writing, the sheriff continues to cooperate with the Florida Highway Patrol as they conduct their investigation into the fatal incident. It is not believed that alcohol played any role in the accident, but blood samples have been taken nevertheless in order to fully rule this out of the equation.
It is not believed that any charges are currently pending.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.