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Pedestrian dies in Ruskin crash

RUSKIN — A pedestrian was killed while crossing the street early Thursday, officials said.

The pedestrian, who was not immediately identified, was crossing U.S. 41 near the intersection of Nundy Avenue about 6:43 a.m.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the pedestrian did not use a crosswalk.

Jose Martin Flores-Lainez, 23, was driving an Oldsmobile Cutlass south on U.S. 41 when the pedestrian darted out in front of his car, officials said.

Flores-Lainez did not see the pedestrian in time and crashed head-on into the person, state troopers said.

The pedestrian died at the scene. Flores-Lainez, who was wearing his seat belt, was not injured, but his car sustained about $1,000 in damage.

An investigation is ongoing.

Marissa Lang can be reached at mlang@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3386 or on Twitter @Marissa_Jae.

Pedestrian dies in Ruskin crash 12/06/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 6, 2012 12:15pm]
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