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Kissimmee man hit, killed by car in Poinciana

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 11:09 am

A Kissimmee pedestrian was hit and killed by a car Thursday morning after he was trying to cross Cypress Parkway in Poinciana.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Joel Beard, of Kissimmee, was driving a 2004 Toyota vehicle eastbound on Cypress Parkway at about 5:20 a.m. in the center lane, near Old Pleasant Hill Road.

The pedestrian, Edward Gonzalez, 56, of Kissimmee, attempted to cross the parkway to the north when he walked into the path of the Toyota and was struck, a patrol report stated.

A second motorist, Reynaldo Bennett, 26, of Kissimmee, who was driving a 2006 Toyota behind Beard, was unable to stop and ran over Gonzalez, the report stated.

Gonzalez was pronounced dead on scene.

The crash remains under investigation