Pedestrian killed after being hit by car along highway


Published: Monday, January 3, 2011 at 10:43 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 3, 2011 at 10:43 a.m.

An unidentified pedestrian was killed late Sunday after being hit by a car being driven north of St. Augustine by a Gainesville woman. The pedestrian was apparently walking in a travel lane on the highway.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the incident happened on U.S. 1 just north of Venetian Boulevard around 11 p.m.

Troopers said the pedestrian was walking in the southbound lane of U.S. 1.

The pedestrian was hit by the front end of a southbound 2001 Chrysler sedan and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to troopers.

The Chrysler was being driven by Yoshitaka Hamada, 23, of Gainesville. She and her passenger, Guillermo Barera of St. Augustine, received minor injuries and were treated at the scene, troopers said.

In a news release about the accident, Trooper D. Shorter wrote that Hamada "was unable to observe the pedestrian walking in the lane due to it being very dark in the area."

No charges were filed.

Troopers were continuing to try to identify the pedestrian on Monday.

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