Winter Haven man fatally struck by pickup truck while crossing street

Polk County
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POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Winter Haven man was fatally struck by a vehicle Wednesday afternoon, police said. 

The deadly collision occurred on 1st Street North at about 2 p.m.  

Police said the man, identified as  68-year-old Charles Thornton, was not using a crosswalk when he walked into the path of a white 2017 Dodge pickup that was traveling southbound.

“Video from a neighboring business shows Thornton swaying back and forth as he crossed the roadway and while in the median just prior to the impact,” police said in a news release. 

The driver of the truck immediately stopped and remained at the scene. He did not show signs of impairment, police said. 

Thornton was rushed to Winter Haven Hospital, where he later died. 

An investigation is ongoing, pending the results of an autopsy and toxicology results from the driver.

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