|Published:||Mar 07, 2013 5:11 PM EST|
|Updated:||Mar 07, 2013 5:18 PM EST|
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Gary Pollock was crossing San Carlos Boulevard last night, when a truck hit and killed him.
"Gary will be very much missed, very much," said friend, Drema Pursell.
Drema Pursell was a neighbor and a friend to 67-year-old Gary Pollock. "It's shocking, I mean he's fought so hard, so to have something like this happen, it's just shocking." Last night, Pollock was walking across San Carlos Boulevard when a truck driven by a 19-year-old man hit him.
Pursell tells us, it's routine for Pollock and his wife to walk across the street for dinner.
"They have no vehicle so they walk everywhere, so it's nothing unusual to see them walking around the area," said Pursell.
According to traffic crash report, the young driver did not see Pollock because he was wearing dark clothes and was not using a crosswalk.
"It's way too dark where he was at, there is no lights, no nothing there, so it's very hard at night to see someone, especially if they don't have white on," Pursell tells WINK.
Pursell tells us Pollock had cancer.
"He's been battling the last year- cancer- and he's done wonderful, he was coming around, looking good and getting back on his feet."
And tonight, Pursell says the small community where Pollock lived is mourning the loss of their friend and their neighbor.
"Everybody is extremely sad, just really sad, we love Lisa, we loved Gary."
Deputies say the 19-year-old driver will not face charges because Pollock was at fault and may have been drinking. We talked to the driver's grandfather who says his grandson is distraught and needs to be alone right now.