CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.-- A pedestrian was struck and killed Tuesday morning while walking along Deep Creek Blvd. at Compana Court in the Deep Creek area of Port Charlotte.
Florida Highway Patrol investigators say the crash happened just before 6 a.m. They've identified the driver as 18-year-old Joseph L. Howard of Punta Gorda. The victim is 77-year-old Linford Daley of Punta Gorda.
Authorities say Howard was driving eastbound on Deep Creek Blvd. and Daley walked in the eastbound lane of the road. FHP says Howard lost consciousness before losing control of his vehicle, crashing into a mailbox and then colliding with the victim.
The crash report states Howard left the scene, but was located shortly after. Charges against him are pending.
Daley was not walking on the sidewalk, because there isn't one on the road.
"There are several people out here every morning walking" said Gladys Manley, who lives near the crash site. "There's no where else to walk. There are no sidewalks here in Deep Creek."
Neighbors also worry about just how fast drivers take the curve along Deep Creek Blvd.
"It's easily people going passed 60, 65 miles an hour sometimes," explained Ron Brockhaus. "This curve over here makes it kind of bad to come out around, swinging off too far. Then they correct because of oncoming traffic."
Neighbors say people often go for walks along Deep Creek Blvd, but they walk facing traffic so they can see if anyone is coming too quickly.
"We walk our dog everyday," Brockhaus said. "And generally we're well off the road because of the conditions out here."
"You have to because some people move over, they're polite," added Manley. "And some people don't the just fly by you."
Residents are so concerned, some have alerted authorities.
"I understand they can only be so many places, but something really should be done out here," said Brockhaus. "This is the main throughway through Deep Creek. It's kind of a racetrack sometimes."
The posted speed limit is 35mph. Neighbors say they don't think decreasing it will do much good. They just want drivers to obey the law.