Man walks into the path of an SUV and dies crossing U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys

David Goodhue
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A man was killed when he was hit by an SUV as he crossed U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the man walked into the path of a 2005 Ford Expedition as it headed north on the highway at mile marker 104 in Key Largo around 7:10 p.m. Sunday.

The driver of the Ford swerved to the left in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid hitting the man, identified by the FHP as 68-year-old Eugene Oscar Ehrenkaufer.

Ehrenkaufer was struck by the right front end of the SUV, according to the FHP. Medics pronounced him dead on the highway about 10 minutes later.

It was not immediately clear if any charges were pending against the driver, who the FHP identified as Emory Jose Fernandez, 50, of Miami.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the FHP, and Fernandez remained on the scene after Ehrenkaufer was hit, a spokeswoman said.

Ehrenkaufer was the fifth traffic-related death on U.S. 1 in Monroe County this year.

Two other people were killed on the Miami-Dade side of the 18 Mile Stretch of U.S. 1 leading to the Keys, and one other on the Miami-Dade side of Card Sound Road, the other major artery leading to and from the island chain.