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On State Road 50 in Hernando, pedestrian dies after three cars hit him

HILL 'N DALE — A 31-year-old pedestrian died Wednesday evening after being hit by three vehicles on State Road 50, authorities said.

About 7:15 p.m., the man was walking west on the south shoulder of SR 50 near Goodway Drive when an eastbound Ford F-150 drove off the side of the road, striking the man, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said the pedestrian, whose identity had not yet been released Thursday, was thrown into the eastbound lanes of SR 50 while the F-150 continued without stopping.

A 2004 Nissan Altima driven by 36-year-old April S. Sasser of Brooksville and a 2007 Ford Explorer driven by 53-year-old Gale B. Carlson of Webster hit the pedestrian as he lay in the roadway, troopers said.

The pedestrian died at the scene from his injuries.

Sasser, who said she was taking her 7-year-old son to get something to eat at the time of the incident, told Bay News 9 that the Ford F-150 was being driven erratically and headed for a ditch moments before plowing into the pedestrian.

"It seemed like something was going on in that truck. He was all over the road," Sasser said. "And after he struck the pedestrian, he just kept going. No putting on the brake lights, no stopping at all."

Sasser said she followed the truck long enough to get the license plate number before giving up pursuit and turning around to help the pedestrian. She said the man's final moments haunted her.

"I saw the pedestrian put his hands over his face" as the truck approached, Sasser said. "That's the image I remember."

As of Thursday, the Highway Patrol had not released the first driver's identity. But agency spokesman Sgt. Larry Kraus said they had identified a person of interest and were waiting for test results before making an arrest.

Troopers asked that any witnesses to the crash call Cpl. Scott Campbell at (352) 754-6767.

Times staff writer Joel Anderson contributed to this report. Kim Wilmath can be reached at kwilmath@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3386.

On State Road 50 in Hernando, pedestrian dies after three cars hit him 10/29/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 29, 2009 6:58pm]
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