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54-year-old pedestrian killed in Leesburg crash

Police: Man walked in front of pick-up truck, crossing US Highway 27

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LEESBURG, Fla. – A 54-year-old man was struck and killed while trying to cross a street in Leesburg, police said.

The pedestrian, identified by authorities Wednesday as Joseph Meister, was crossing U.S. Highway 27 near Griffin Road around 10 p.m. Monday and walked into the path a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck, according to the Leesburg Police Department.

Meister was taklen to UF Health in Leesburg, where he died from his injuries, according to officials.

Authorities say an 18-year-old was driving. It’s not known if he faces any charges.

Police are asking any witnesses to call 352-787-2121.