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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Pedestrian dies after being struck by pickup on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 in Leesburg

A pedestrian was killed Saturday night when he was struck by a vehicle on a busy highway in Leesburg.

Emergency personnel provided treatment to 56-year-old Stewart Pantall, who was struck by a vehicle while crossing U.S. Hwy. 27/441 on Saturday night.

Leesburg police officers and firefighters were called to the area of U.S. Hwy. 27/441 and Picciola Road and when they arrived, they found 56-year-old Stewart Pantall, of Leesburg, lying on the roadway. EMS personnel performed CPR on Pantall before he was transported to Leesburg Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

Police say Pantall was hit by a 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup truck driven by 28-year-old Robert Michael Wallace, also of Leesburg. The initial investigation indicates that Pantall was crossing U.S. Hwy. 27/441 and walked into the path of Wallace’s vehicle, the report says, adding that charges are pending the full outcome of the investigation.

Leesburg police officers and firefighters, along with medics from Lake EMS, worked a crash scene near the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 27/441 and Picciola Road on Saturday night.

Traffic was diverted around the crash scene for approximately three hours while U.S. Hwy. 27/441 was temporarily shut down. The incident remains under investigation by the Leesburg Police Department Traffic Unit. Anyone with further information on the crash is asked to call (352) 787-2121.

Traffic was snarled Saturday night as police officers and firefighters scrambled to a crash on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 that killed 56-year-old pedestrian Stewart Pantall, of Leesburg.

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