It was a deadly night on Citrus County roadways on Monday, Jan. 10, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Two people were struck and killed by vehicles in separate incidents, the FHP noted in its two reports. The two deaths Monday marked the third and fourth pedestrian versus vehicle fatal incidents since Dec. 9 on Citrus County roads.
According to the FHP, the first fatal incident occurred at 6:44 p.m. Monday in the 3600 block of South U.S. 41 near the Citrus County Fairgrounds. A 45-year-old Ellenton, Florida, man was standing or walking on U.S. 41, south of Airport Road when he was struck by two sports utility vehicles – the first one was being drive by a 59-year-old woman and the second one by a 30-year-old woman, both from Floral City. Neither the 59-year-old nor the 30-year-old, who had a 1-year-old passenger, were injured.
The incident forced first responders to shut down the southbound lanes of U.S. 41 for more than three hours as traffic was diverted onto South Airport Road and East Watson Street.
The second fatal incident occurred more than three hours later and about the time rescue workers were clearing the Inverness-area scene, according to an FHP report.
Per the FHP, a pickup truck, being driven by a 68-year-old Lecanto man, was traveling eastbound on Grover Cleveland Boulevard, approaching Alabama Avenue, when a 39-year-old Beverly Hills man walked into the path of the truck. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the truck was not injured, nor was his 60-year-old male passenger, also from Lecanto.
That incident forced first responders to close that stretch of Grover Cleveland Boulevard for more than seven hours. Motorists were diverted onto West Rosedale Drive through South Sonny Terrace.