A man was killed Saturday night while he was directing traffic during a memorial fundraiser for a deputy who had died from cancer.
Christopher Scigliano, 44, of Lithia, was directing traffic on Lithia-Pinecrest Road when he was hit by a pickup truck and then run over by an SUV, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators said the incident occurred just after 7 p.m. It was very dark, and Scigliano was wearing dark clothing, according to Spectrum Bay News 9. Both drivers told authorities they didn’t see him.
Scigliano was killed when he stepped out onto the northbound lane of the road to direct traffic and was hit by a 2015 Chevrolet pickup truck. The impact threw him into the southbound lane, where he was then struck by a Ford SUV, deputies said.
He was married and a father to three young children, Bay News 9 reported.
The memorial Scigliano was directing the night he died was in honor of deputy Larry Morrell, who had cancer and passed away over the summer. Proceeds from the event were going toward Morrell’s scholarship fund, and also to another deputy battling cancer.
Scigliano was known in the community for spearheading a number of fundraisers and charity events. He was currently organizing a blood drive and a collection for Toys for Tots.
Neither speed nor alcohol was a factor in the crash, deputies said. It remains under investigation.
A family friend has set up a fundraiser to supportthe Scigliano family.
“The only thing more important to Chris than his community was his family,” the online fundraiser read. “He leaves behind a wife and three beautiful children who are struggling with having to come to terms with life without him. As a community, we will rally to support them and ensure that they have everything they need to help them through this time and focus on healing.”
A GoFundMe page has also been created to help the family with funeral costs.