Vero Beach man killed in crash on U.S. 1


INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A 60-year-old Vero Beach man was struck and killed by a vehicle as he attempted to cross the roadway late Saturday, leading deputies to partially close U.S. 1 for more than four hours, officials said. All lanes were reopened by Sunday.

Highway troopers said the man did not use the crosswalk and failed to stop for oncoming traffic. Troopers did not publicly release the man’s name.

The driver of the car, a 49-year-old Vero Beach man, and his passenger, a 54-year-old Melbourne woman, were not hurt, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Indian River County sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident involving the pedestrian and a grey 2007 Honda Accord about 10:11 p.m. in the southbound lanes of U.S. 1 near 45th Street. The wreck happened in front of the new Wawa convenience store being built, said Sgt. Kevin Jaworski, a spokesperson with the sheriff’s office.

Troopers said the Honda’s driver was headed southbound on U.S. 1 passing the intersection moments before the wreck. The man was walking westbound when he tried to cross the street.

The Honda struck the man in the southbound inside lane, troopers said. The Honda’s driver pulled over on the outside shoulder.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical services, officials said. Highway troopers continue to investigate the deadly crash.

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