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Orange County deputy hits, kills pedestrian

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Orange County Sheriff's office says one of their deputies responding to an emergency call struck and killed a pedestrian late Friday night.

Deputies said around 10:26 p.m. were called to Balboa Drive for a report of four suspects fleeing from a stolen car, one of them armed with a firearm.

Deputies said two Orange County deputies in separate marked patrol vehicles were headed to the call, going east on West Colonial Drive, when a man tried to cross from the south sidewalk to reach the north side of Colonial Drive.

The deputy in the patrol vehicle in front was able to swerve and avoid the approaching pedestrian, but the second patrol car struck the pedestrian, officials said.  The pedestrian died at the crash scene, deputies said.

The Florida Highway Patrol took over the investigation of the accident.  The man struck and killed was not identified at the scene.

Officials also didn't immediately identify the deputy who struck the man, but said he has been with the department since December 2010.