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Pedestrian hit and killed in Putnam County

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PALATKA, Fla. – A pedestrian died Saturday night after walking into the path of a car on U.S. 17 between East Palatka and San Mateo, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A Cadillac DeVille driven by Patricia Ricketts, 56, of Satsuma, was headed south in the left lane of U.S. 17 at Kane Avenue about 9:30 p.m. when 26-year-old Michael Bailey, also of Satsuma, walked into the street from the grassy median, according to the crash report.

Ricketts tried to avoid the collision by swerving towards the center median, but her car hit Bailey, troopers said. The man died of his injuries.

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