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Pedestrian killed on 441 near Turkey Creek

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Updated with information about other accidents near the incident.

William Moore, 45, of Alachua was killed this morning while crossing US 441 on foot near the entrance of Turkey Creek.

According to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol, Moore was crossing US 441 at around 6:45 a.m. and was struck by a truck traveling east driven by George Metz II, 58, of Lake Butler. It appears that Moore walked into the path of the truck. Moore was later pronounced deceased at Shands at UF. Metz was not injured.

Charges are pending investigation.

While the traffic flow was stopped because of the fatal crash, a secondary crash occurred. The driver of a Toyota Avalon traveling southbound didn’t realize the traffic was stopped and came to an abrupt stop to avoid a collision. A Ford Ranger came to an abrupt stop behind the first vehicle. A third vehicle, a Ford F-150, could not stop in time, so it swerved to miss the second vehicle and ended up crashing into the first vehicle. A fourth vehicle, a Ford Focus did not see the third vehicle stopped and crashed into the back of the third vehicle, causing the Focus to overturn. A total of four vehicles were involved in the secondary crash, and three patients were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. 

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This is the second pedestrian fatality in that location in just over a month. A man was killed crossing US 441 on foot on the evening of December 23, 2019.

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