Man struck, killed while crossing Orange County road after running out of gas, FHP says

Fatal wreck investigated on World Center Drive at Apopka Vineland Road

Florida Highway Patrol cruiser
Florida Highway Patrol cruiser (WJXT)

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A 53-year-old Winter Haven man was struck and killed early Tuesday while running across an Orange County road after his car ran out of gas, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The fatal wreck happened around 4 a.m. on World Center Drive at Apopka Vineland Road.

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The FHP said the man was driving a 2019 Audi A5 but parked it on the northwest side of the intersection when he ran out of gas.

The man attempted to cross the intersection from a nearby gas station back to his car but traveled into the direct path of a vehicle, the FHP said.

The front of the car struck the man, who died at Celebration Hospital, the FHP said.

The driver of the car, a 2007 Toyota Camry, was not injured, the FHP said.

Southbound lanes of World Center Drive and westbound lanes of Apopka Vineland Road are blocked in the area.

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