Woman struck, killed on Highway 50 in Clermont

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CLERMONT, Fla. - A woman was hit and killed trying to cross Highway 50 near Anderson Street in Clermont Wednesday night.

Police said the woman was not in a crosswalk when she tried to cross the road, and was struck by the driver of a white SUV around 9 p.m.

Officers said the victim was in her 60s and a Clermont resident.

“It's too early in the investigation to know if speed, or alcohol, or anything else is the cause of the crash, however, the victim was not crossing at a crosswalk at the time she was struck,” said Capt. Charles Vitale with the Clermont Police Department.

The woman had nearly made it all the way across the road when she was hit.

Where the SUV stopped, and where the woman's body was found, was a far distance from where the initial accident happened.

“It's a very large scene. The investigators are on scene. They're going to conduct measurements and photos to make sure we can re-create the crash and try and determine what happened,"
 Vitale said.

Drivers tried to maneuver their way around the large area of Highway 50, which was blocked off in both directions, with traffic being diverted through residential streets.

The accident came as a surprise to a woman who said traffic in the area is usually very slow at night.

“It's busy during the day but it's normally quiet at night,” Cynthia Crumblish said.

The driver of the SUV is being questioned by police.

“She is cooperating in the investigation fully. It's too early to release her identity but she is cooperating and she is obviously upset,” Vitale said.

Police said Stare Road 50 will remain closed for several hours as they complete their investigation.

They have not released the name of the driver or the victim.

Anyone with information about the crash should call the traffic homicide division at 352-394-5588, ext. 176.