Three people were killed -- two of them pedestrians -- on area roads before the sun came up on the first day of 2021, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
In the first fatal crash of the year, a 25-year-old pedestrian from Live Oak was in the middle of U.S. 90 at N.W. Bell Lake Court, near the Columbia/Suwannee county line, at 2:44 a.m. when the man was struck by a 34-year-old driver in an SUV, according to the FHP.
At 3:13 a.m., a pickup truck driven by a 58-year-old Glen St. Mary man on U.S. 90 in Nassau County west of Baldwin left the road and struck a pine tree. The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, died, the FHP accident report showed.
In southern Clay County, the FHP said a 34-year-old man walking on County Road 315C just south of State Road 21 just after 5 a.m. was struck by a pickup truck. The 46-year-old Keystone Heights man driving the vehicle was cooperating with investigators.