Perry man killed as he crosses I-75


Published: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 5:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 5:54 p.m.

A Perry man was killed Friday night as he was crossing Interstate 75 on foot and was hit by a van in Columbia County, the Florida Highway Patrol stated.

Dead is Ivan N. Branch, 56, according to an FHP release.

The accident happened at 10:40 p.m. in the northbound lanes of I-75 at U.S. 90 in Lake City. Branch was crossing the northbound lanes while Blanca Duran, 18, of Smyrna, Ga., was driving a 1999 Mercury van in the right lane.

Duran hit Branch and continued driving, reported FHP. She was later stopped on I-75 near the Georgia state line. Charges are pending.

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