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Man killed when drunk driver knocks him from I-4 onto roadway below, troopers say

The victim is a 62-year-old Valrico man who was installing a roadway marker sign.

TAMPA — A 62-year-old Valrico man walking along a shoulder of Interstate 4 was killed Thursday when a car struck and hurled him onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard below, troopers said.

The collision happened just after 9 a.m. after the Valrico man had stopped his vehicle, stepped out and was walking around it on the outside shoulder to install a roadway marker sign, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The Highway Patrol did not identify the victim because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment passed by Florida voters in 2018 that was meant to protect crime victims but deprives the public of information long available under the state’s public records law.

The driver of the car, Victor William Melchionne, 55, of Tampa, failed to stay in the highway lane, veering north and striking the victim, the Highway Patrol said. Melchionne stopped at the scene and was later arrested on a charge of DUI manslaughter.

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