Man found dead on shoulder of road in Orange County was victim of ‘vehicle strike’, troopers say

Passerby saw man on grass shoulder of South Westmoreland Drive around 7:16 a.m., troopers say

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A man was found dead on the shoulder of an Orange County road early Wednesday morning, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said a passerby saw the man on the grass shoulder of South Westmoreland Drive — just north of 34th Street near Pineloch Elementary School — around 7:16 a.m.

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Investigators said they were able to determine that the man was riding a motorized skateboard in the southbound lane of South Westmoreland Drive. Troopers said the man went off the road and fell into the grass where he ultimately died.

Investigators initially said it was not clear how the man died, only that he passed at some point within the 12 hours of when he was found.

The medical examiner’s office later said that it was determined the victim died from a “vehicle strike”.

Troopers also said the victim was a 60-year-old man from Altamonte Springs and that they were able to confirm his identity.

FHP Traffic Homicide Investigators said they are continuing to investigate this case.

Anyone with information is asked to call FHP at 407-737-2213 or CRIMELINE at 800-423-8477 and reference Case # FHP22ON0591843.

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