Gulf of Mexico Drive in Longboat Key has reopened several hours after access was restricted due to a traffic fatality early Tuesday morning.
The incident occurred near the Whitney Beach Shopping Center, according to officials. FOX 13 reports a pedestrian was struck by two vehicles at the north end of the Longboat Key bridge, which links the key to Anna Maria Island, while it was still dark.
The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that a pedestrian, 85-year-old Warren Roberts, was struck by two vehicles as he attempted to cross Gulf of Mexico Drive around 6 a.m.
Roberts began to walk west across the road and was struck by a Hyundai Tucson. Roberts was thrown onto the roadway a little north of the collision and was struck by a second vehicle.
He died at the scene. Both drivers were not injured in the crash.
Gulf of Mexico Drive was closed in both directions from the 7000 block to the 6800 block with no detours until 12:45 p.m., police said.
During the closure, motorists were required to use the Ringling Bridge in Sarasota until the traffic fatality investigation was completed. Those going south toward Longboat Key from Cortez Road were directed to turn around and go to Ringling Bridge.