Man Struck, Killed by Vehicle in Osprey, Florida
OSPREY, FL. – A 50-year-old man was struck and killed by a vehicle on January 7, 2019 in Osprey, Florida, according to an online news story from mysuncoast.com. The victim has been identified, but the cause of the accident has not been determined. Few details about the accident are available at this time.*
The incident occurred in the early morning hours of January 7 on U.S. 41 in Osprey. At approximately 4:25 a.m., a man was in the road on South Tamiami Trail. It is not clear if he was walking in the roadway, on the side of the road, or was trying to cross the road. In the 900 block of South Tamiami Trail, an SUV struck the man.
Police did not indicate what caused the accident or factors involved in the accident. The man suffered serious injuries and died at the scene. He has been identified as 50-year-old Jeffrey Smith, of Osprey. It is not clear if an autopsy will be performed.
The driver of the SUV has been identified as a 65-year-old man from Osprey. His name has not been released. It does not appear he was injured in the crash. Authorities have not indicated whether the driver was at fault or whether he might face charges in connection with the collision and Smith’s death.
Following the crash, the northbound lanes of U.S. 41 were closed while crews investigated and cleared the scene. The lanes remained closed for several hours. Video from the scene shows numerous emergency responders on site. Florida Highway Patrol is handling the investigation and has not yet reported additional details about the accident.
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