Update 2: GPD investigating fatal accident on NW 53rd Ave

Press release from Gainesville Police Department

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – An elderly woman and her dog were hit by a car and killed this evening in the 1200 block of NW 53rd Avenue.

Interviews with the driver and eyewitnesses revealed that the woman and her dog were attempting to cross the road at 7:39 p.m. when they were struck by a minivan traveling westbound on NW 53rd Avenue. The driver was evaluated by Alachua County Fire Rescue but was not injured.

The roadway will be closed in both directions for the investigation for an extended period of time; please avoid the area.

Gainesville Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident; Traffic Homicide Investigators, the Forensics Unit, and the Medical Examiner are all at the scene.

This article is being updated as GPD releases information.

    • The pedestrian may have tripped on that deep road valley caused by heavy trucks, being elderly. Very sad 😢

    • Where did it say the driver was speeding, on his phone or was not paying attention? While unfortunate that lady was not at a crosswalk and that stretch of highway is pretty dark.

  • Heard it was a homeless woman & her dog.
    Wonder if city leadership is going to ante up since they; 1. Sent out the invite, or 2., may have contributed due to high utility and tax rates.
    Either way, a life was lost and may have been avoided.

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