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Man walking on West Beaver Street hit by pickup truck

Jacksonville police: Driver saw pedestrian, tried to avoid him

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man walking along West Beaver Street was injured Monday morning when he hit by a pickup truck near the intersection with Jim Wright Road, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The driver of the pickup truck saw the pedestrian about 7:20 a.m. and tried to maneuver around him but somehow the pedestrian changed position as the pickup was passing and was hit by the right front side of the truck.

Police said it's unclear if the pedestrian stumbled or just didn't realize a vehicle was coming up behind him and stepped into the path of the pickup.

The impact left the truck's windshield cracked and its passenger side mirror was knocked off. The pedestrian was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Traffic homicide detectives in charge of the investigation said the driver of the pickup and a child passenger were not injured in the crash.

The driver stopped and Jacksonville firefighters were on the scene quickly because of another call nearby, police said.

There are no sidewalks in the area, which runs along railroad tracks. Police said the area is known as a high fatality crash area and conducts frequent traffic deployments because of that.

Police have not released the names of those involved.

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