PORT ST LUCIE, Fla. – A 66-year-old pedestrian was struck on Southwest Port St. Lucie Boulevard early on Wednesday morning March 24, 2021, and remains in critical condition as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident.
The accident happened around 6:45 AM where, according to police, the man was either standing near the left turn lane or in the street as the driver approached and struck him. The man may have been trying to cross the street at the time of the accident.
Police do not believe the driver is at fault.
The man, who is a Port St. Lucie resident, was rushed by ambulance to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce and was last listed in critical condition according to Port St. Lucie police officials.
The man was thrown to the ground at the time of impact but the SUV that struck him did not pass over him or continue to drive off after the initial collision.
The accident took place near the Publix shopping center close to the corner at Southwest Tunis Avenue and Southwest Darwin Boulevard.
Investigators do not believe that the driver was at fault and are not pursuing charges at this point.
It’s important to understand who is at fault in a pedestrian accident. If the driver has enough time to react that would be deemed reasonable but fails to react, the driver could be held liable for the accident.
However, if the driver does not have enough time to react and if the pedestrian was acting negligently and breaking the law or the rules of the road which may have caused the accident, the pedestrian may be deemed at fault for the accident.
This is not to say that either the driver or the pedestrian, in this case, were at fault. We still do not have all the details of the accident and it is up to investigators and the Port St Lucie pedestrian accident attorney to make those judgments.