A 25-year-old man was struck and killed by a vehicle in Nassau County Saturday night on Florida HighwayA1A as he accidentally bent over in the outside lane of the road to rescue his cat reported ActionNewsJax.com.
The driver of the vehicle, David Michael Marsh, 25, of Kingsland tried to avoid the man, but was unable to stop in time. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the victim was wearing dark clothing and was in an unlit area of the road.
The victim's identity has not been released pending the notification of his family.
Nassau County Animal Control have the victim's cat; the cat is reported to be safe.
Highways and well traveled roads are dangerous to both animals and humans. Authorities urge all drivers to carefully pull off to the side of the road, turn on hazard lights, and make sure other drivers see you before ever stepping out onto any road.
If you're a cat owner and live on or near a busy road, make sure your cat is always safely kept indoors. Remember that cats can climb fences, sneak out very quietly, and be killed in a matter of minutes while trying to run across the road.
Make sure your cat is micro chipped in case he gets lost, wears a collar to help in identification, and is supervised at all times if allowed outdoors.
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