Pedestrian identified in deadly Charlotte County crash

An 86-year-old pedestrian was killed in a crash Tuesday on Veterans Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened at around 2:19 p.m. on Veterans Boulevard at Theresa Boulevard, the FHP said.

Benjamin Umbras, 27, of Port Charlotte, was driving a 2000 Acura TL east on Veterans Boulevard in the left lane approaching Theresa Boulevard, the FHP said. Ralph Smith, 86, of Chicago, was standing on the northeast grassy shoulder at the intersection.

The Acura began to travel in a southwest direction across Veterans Bouelvard, the FHP said. Smith darted southward directly into the path of the Acura.

The Acura swerved to the right before colliding with the south curb and ditch after hitting Smith, the FHP said. Umbras was taken to Fawcett Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Smith was pronounced dead the scene, the FHP said.

The crash is under investigation, the FHP said. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

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