SAFETY HARBOR — A 68-year-old man was killed Friday night after he was hit by a pickup truck as he and his wife tried to cross State Road 580.
Gilbert L. Greene and his wife, Brenda, 66, both of Safety Harbor, left the Sun Groves ice cream shop around 7:30 p.m. and crossed the eastbound lane of the road.
Authorities say that as the couple tried to cross the westbound side, Greene was struck by a Ford Ranger driven by Mark Cavanagh, 52, of Clearwater.
Cavanagh was neither speeding nor impaired, investigator say.
Greene was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
At the time he was struck, Greene was carrying the family dog, Rudi, an 8-year-old miniature dachshund. The dog went missing when Greene got hit but was found by a resident early Saturday in the 3100 block of McMullen Booth Road. Sheriff's deputies returned the dog to Brenda Greene.