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Woman killed crossing U.S. 19

A 40-year-old Homosassa woman was killed Saturday night when she was struck by a car while attempting to cross U.S. 19.

Florida Highway Patrol investigators have identified the woman but did not release her name Sunday afternoon because they had not yet notified her family.

The accident occurred at 9:45 p.m. Saturday in front of the Bell Villa Motel & Mobile Home Park, 3430 S U.S. 19, in northern Homosassa. The woman had just left Jim's Club 19 and may have been heading to another bar, said Sgt. Jim Tobin, a traffic homicide investigator with the Florida Highway Patrol.

"We know that she was refused service at Jim's Club 19 because she didn't have any shoes on," Tobin said. "Jim's Club serves food."

Health codes require shoes in bars or restaurants that serve food.

Investigators don't know if the woman was intoxicated at the time but said employees of Jim's Club 19 reported that she appeared steady on her feet. The Medical Examiner's Office will conduct a toxicology analysis to determine if she was impaired.

The woman attempted to cross the highway from east to west when she walked into the path of a 1998 Pontiac Firebird Jr. driven by Edwin Leroy Arnold Jr., 42, of 5409 S Marsha Terr., Homosassa. Arnold was heading south in the outside lane. His son, Edwin Leroy Arnold III, 20, of 7308 W Longfellow St., Homosassa, was a passenger in the Firebird.

Both men were wearing seat belts and neither was injured. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

No traffic citations were issued and none are anticipated, Tobin said.

"It appears to be just an unfortunate crash," he said.

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