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Pedestrian and Dog Killed in Tragic Port Charlotte, Florida Crash

May 13, 2020

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL- writes that a man was walking his dog in the evening this week when a car struck and killed them both. The tragic incident took place in Port Charlotte on US 41, close to Gardner Drive.*

The victim and the dog were in the median and trying to cross Tamiami Trail when a southbound van driving in the center lane struck them. The impact killed the man and the dog at the scene. The driver was identified as a 47-year-old man from Punta Gorda. According to police reports, the man was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Police arrested the driver, and he is now facing charges. The driver's name was not reported, and the police refused to release or confirm the name of the motorist or the victim. 

Police stated that the traffic homicide investigation would take anywhere from 60 to 90 days to complete. The crash report would serve as the official report on the incident, and anyone seeking the information from that report would have to obtain it through the crash portal once it was completed and became public record. The move to withhold names in crash reports is a new one for the state. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol factors into close to half of all pedestrian deaths in the United States. Although, in many of these instances, the pedestrian was the one who was under the influence. 

Pedestrian fatalities are more likely outside of intersections, in urban places, at night. Higher speeds also greatly increase the risk of a pedestrian crash resulting in death. 

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