LAND O'LAKES — A pedestrian who was hit and killed on State Road 52 by a private ambulance Thursday night has been identified as Joseph R. Smith, 47, of Hudson. The American Medical Response ambulance was driven by Arthur Gasparrini, 66, of Hudson.
His passenger was Shaun Caravona, 27, of New Port Richey. The men said Smith walked out in front of the ambulance and was clipped by the passenger side mirror.
They stopped and gave emergency care to Smith, who was then flown to St. Joseph's Hospital. He died there a little after 4 a.m. Friday.