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Deadly Immokalee crash rattles neighborhood

A deadly crash in Immokalee on Wednesday has rattled an entire neighborhood.

A bicyclist on his way home with groceries was struck and killed by a car before that car ended up inside a nearby home.

Neighbors said the car ran into a child’s bedroom. He was inside at the time but was uninjured.

The Florida Highway Patrol hasn’t identified the victim or the driver, who they said is 74 years old.

Vincent Reza is a friend of the victim and said he was shocked by the scene.

“It shocked me … it shocked me when I seen him like that,” Reza said.

The FHP said the driver ran a stop sign exiting a parking lot onto Main Street before hitting the bicyclist.

“We heard the squeaking of the tires and we turned. He hit the guy and he jumped over the curb right there, ran around the curb and lost control,” said Blas Hernandez.

The driver then slammed into a house a block away. The house has since been condemned.

Reza said the crosswalk near the scene is dangerous, but he shouldn’t have lost his friend. He described the victim as someone who liked helping others.

Troopers said no charges have been filed yet against the driver, but their investigation continues.

Reporter:Gina Tomlinson
Writer:Jackie Winchester
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