POLK COUNTY, Fla. - Deputies say a patient who went missing from a central Florida heart hospital was fatally struck by a vehicle in the middle of U.S. 27.
Investigators learned that Strouse had been a patient at Heart of Florida Hospital in Haines City. He removed his IV and left the hospital. Officials had reported him missing shortly before the crash.
No one inside the car was injured. Police say speed, impairment or distracted driving do not appear to be factors in the crash. No charges have been filed.