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FHP says man in Daytona accident killed after fall or jump from I-95 overpass

Police and Fire responders along I-95 in Daytona Beach south of the Dunn Avenue Overpass, Jan. 30, 2014.
Police and Fire responders along I-95 in Daytona Beach south of the Dunn Avenue Overpass, Jan. 30, 2014.Mike Royer

A man was killed in Daytona Beach Thursday morning after state troopers say he ran from the scene of an accident and either fell or jumped off the Dunn Avenue I-95 overpass. FHP spokesperson Sgt. Kim Montes said the man had been the driver of a car than struck the rear of a pickup truck on southbound I-95 Thursday morning around 6:50. Both vehicles stopped near the Dunn Avenue Overpass in Daytona Beach, and troopers say the driver of the car walked away from the accident scene.

An FHP trooper arriving at the scene found the driver on the Dunn Avenue Overpass. As the trooper approached the driver, the FHP says the man “…turned and ran towards the edge of the overpass. The trooper attempted to stop [the man] from hurting himself and was able to grab [the man’s] jacket.” However, the FHP says the man came out of his jacket and kept running towards the edge of the overpass. Troopers say the man then either fell or jumped from the overpass, landing on the grass shoulder of I-95. The man was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards.

As of early Thursday afternoon, the man’s identity was being withheld while relatives were notified. The driver of the pickup truck in the accident, a 61-year old man from Ormond Beach, was not injured in the crash.

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