Two killed on Florida Keys highway in separate tragedies. What the police are saying

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Two people died on the Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys in separate incidents, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

On Saturday night, the driver of a GMC Sierrra pickup truck traveling south at mile marker 17 on U.S. 1 in the Lower Keys went off the road, only stopping after the vehicle hit several trees, the FHP said in a news release.

The driver, who was not named by the FHP, died at 10:06 p.m. at Lower Keys Medical Center, the FHP said. The only identifying information released by the FHP was the person was 52 and from Shelbyville, Michigan.

The agency did not immediately respond when asked if the person was wearing a seat belt.

On Sunday around 8:45 p.m., a 55-year-old man from Summerland Key died after walking into the path of a 2023 Ford SUV as he crossed U.S. 1 at mile marker 25, the FHP said.

The SUV was driven by a 68-year-old man from Oklahoma, who remained at the scene for police and paramedics, according to the FHP.

A fire-rescue crew took the man first to Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West, then to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier in the Upper Keys, where he died before Monroe County’s helicopter ambulance could take him to Jackosn South Medical Center in Kendall, said Lt. Kathleen McKinney, FHP’s Florida Keys sub-district commander.

This story has been updated with new information and to correct the date the pedestrian was hit from Monday morning to Sunday evening.