A pedestrian hit by semitrailer on I-95 dies near downtown Jacksonville

FHP investigates semitrailer crash that killed pedestrian on I-95 north

By Chloe Walker - Associate producer, Roxy Tyler - Web producer

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A pedestrian died early Saturday morning in a crash on Interstate 95 North, involving a semitrailer near downtown Jacksonville, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The FHP has identified the driver of the semi as Roland Qurku, 56, of Jacksonville. Troopers said the pedestrian was a 40-year-old man but his name has not yet been released.  

Troopers said Qurku was driving a 2015 Volvo semitrailer on I-95 just south of Union Street in the right lane when the man walked from the right shoulder into the path of the truck.

The right side of the front bumper of the semitrailer hit the pedestrian who was knocked back onto the right shoulder and died from the impact.

The crash and investigation closed the right lane on the interstate near the Forsyth Street exit for nearly five hours after the 5 a.m. wreck.

The driver of the semitrailer was not injured and is cooperating in the investigation. 

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