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Man, 73, struck, killed while trying to walk across State Road 64 in East Manatee

EAST MANATEE -- A 73-year-old man was struck and killed when he tried to walk across State Road 64 in East Manatee on Tuesday morning.

About 8:21 a.m., John Hughes Frye was standing in the center grass media facing north on State Road 64 west of Greyhawak Boulevard.

The driver, Elizabeth Joann Ganim, 18, of Fort Myers, and Frye failed to see each other, FHP said.

Frye walked into the westbound lanes of the roadway and was hit by Ganim's car. It was foggy, and Ganim only had her parking lights on, not her headlights, FHP said.

Frye was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ganim was cited for careless driving, FHP said.

Parts or all of westbound State 64 were blocked for several hours as FHP investigated the crash.