Pedestrian killed in Bradenton crash

A 35-year-old Bradenton man was struck and killed by a car while he was trying walk across 53rd Avenue West in Bradenton late Thursday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

About 9:29 p.m., Christopher M. Jones was walking across 53rd Avenue West near the intersection with 30th Street West, when he was hit by a 2003 Suburu WRX driven by a 16-year-old Bradenton boy. There was not a marked crosswalk where he was walking, FHP said in a news release.

Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car suffered minor injuries.

Jessica De Leon has been covering crime, courts and law enforcement for the Bradenton Herald since 2013. She has won numerous awards for her coverage including the Florida Press Club’s Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting in 2016 for her coverage into the death of 11-year-old Janiya Thomas.