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FHP: Driver trying to avoid dog in fatal crash

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – Authorities say a woman who swerved to avoid a dog caused a crash that killed a central Florida man.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, a dog ran out in front of the woman's car Friday night. Troopers say the woman veered into the oncoming lane as she attempted to avoid hitting the dog.

FHP says the woman's car struck the dog anyway, along with the front of a pickup truck driven by Sam Crane of Merritt Island.

Crane's truck flipped over and came to rest on its roof. Crane's 17-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries, as did the 69-year-old woman driving the car.

FHP says Crane and the dog both died at the scene. According to an FHP report, alcohol was not a factor in the crash but charges are pending.