Polk County, FL (May 2, 2019) - A 68-year-old Winter Haven man died after he was struck by a vehicle in Polk County on Wednesday, May 1st. The collision took place around 2:00 pm on 1st Street North.
According to police, Charles Thornton was attempting to cross the road when he was hit by a white, 2017 Dodge pickup truck traveling southbound. Thornton was seriously hurt and was taken to Winter Haven Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The truck driver, who has not been identified at this time, stopped and the scene and cooperated with officers.
Police are still investigating the crash and its cause and are awaiting the results of toxicology tests at this time.
There are approximately two pedestrian fatalities reported per day in Florida. Unfortunately, many pedestrian crashes tend to involve serious injury to pedestrians. Pedestrian crashes occur for a variety of reasons, including driver distraction, impairment, and reckless driving. Police will continue to investigate this crash to determine the cause.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a pedestrian crash in our state, the Florida pedestrian accident attorneys here at Rubenstein Law can help. We have assisted injured Floridians for over three decades and have the skills and experience to help you get the compensation you need. For your free consultation, please call 1-800 FL-Legal.
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