published: Monday, July 29, 2013
Pedestrian killed on U.S. 27
SEBRING -- A 74-year-old Sebring man was killed when he pushed his bike in front of a pickup truck on U.S. 27 early Monday morning.
According to a report from the Sebring Police Department, Richard David Kohler, who lived in an apartment on Village Grove Boulevard, was walking his bike when he crossed the highway into the path of a Ford F150 being driven by Joseph Michael Aldana of Lake Placid at 1:28 a.m.
Aldana told police he was going north on U.S. 27 approaching the intersection of Village Grove Boulevard when he saw Kohler walk the bike in front of him. Aldana said he tried to avoid the collision by using his brakes and steering to the left, but struck Kohler with the front right of his truck.
Aldana said he thought he was traveling in the far left lane and his Kohler as he crossed from the center lane into the left lane, but the markings on the roadway, according to the report, indicate that the truck may have been in the far right lane prior to the collision and the point of impact may have been along the broken line separating the far right lane from the center lane.
The damage to the truck was $4,000. The investigation is still under way.
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