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Dunedin man, 61, killed by SUV while trying to cross U.S. 19

The pedestrian entered the path of an SUV as it drove south on U.S. 19 near Curlew Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
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Published Feb. 13
Updated Feb. 13

PALM HARBOR — A 61-year-old Dunedin man was killed Friday night on U.S. 19 after walking into the path of an SUV, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash took place about 8:30 p.m. on U.S. 19 near Curlew Road. A 17-year-old male teen from Palm Harbor was driving the SUV south on U.S. 19 with a 15-year-old male passenger from Clearwater.

The 61-year-old man was walking west across U.S. 19 when he entered the vehicle’s path, troopers said.

The SUV collided with the pedestrian, who suffered fatal injuries and died at the crash scene. The Highway Patrol did not say if the man was using a crosswalk or who had the right of way.

The SUV occupants were wearing seat belts and were not injured. Troopers did not release any other details about the crash.

The Highway Patrol did not release the names of those involved in the crash under its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a state constitutional amendment designed to protect victims of crimes. The agency now omits the names of anyone involved in a crash, regardless of whether a crime was committed.