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Pedestrian Struck & Killed On Rifle Range Road Monday Night

Polk County Sheriffs Press Release

PCSO Traffic Unit Investigating Traffic Fatality – Pedestrian

Fatally Struck by Car in Wahneta

The PCSO Traffic Unit is investigating

a vehicle versus pedestrian crash that occurred in the Wahneta area of

Winter Haven last evening, February 26, 2018, during which the pedestrian

was fatally struck.

Around 9:15 p.m. on Monday night, a 2007

beige Mercury Milan being driven by 23-year-old Dekeidra McClures of Auburndale

was heading northbound on Rifle Range Road approaching 11th Street East

when an adult male darted out onto the road in front of her car. She was

unable to avoid striking him, and he was declared deceased on-scene. It

appears he was crossing from the west side of the road to the east side

of the road.

Both occupants of the car – the driver and her

son – were wearing seatbelts, and neither impairment nor excessive speed

on her part are suspected. Neither were injured.

Traffic deputies

are still trying to positively identify the victim, who is an adult Hispanic

male believed to live nearby. He did not have any identification on him,

and his fingerprints were scanned but no results were found.

His

name will be released once we are able to make positive identification.

Rifle Range Road in that area was shut down for approximately

three hours during the investigation.

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