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74-year-old pedestrian struck by SUV at busy Leesburg intersection

A pedestrian was injured late Wednesday afternoon when he was struck by a vehicle in Leesburg.

Leesburg Police officers investigate a crash at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Thomas Avenue on Wednesday night after 74-year-old pedestrian Ralph Di Palma was hit by an SUV driven by 26-year-old Kaitlan Gurley.

Leesburg Police offers were called to a crash at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Thomas Avenue shortly before 5 p.m. When they arrived, they discovered that 74-year-old pedestrian Ralph Di Palma, of Leesburg, had been struck by a 2005 Mercury SUV driven by 26-year-old Kaitlan Gurley, also of Leesburg, a report says.

The initial investigation indicated that Di Palma was crossing Thomas Avenue and walked into the path of Gurley’s vehicle. He was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center, the report says.

The crash remains under investigation and anyone with further information is asked to call the Leesburg Police Department Traffic Unit at (352) 787-2121.

Leesburg Police officers were diverting traffic away from a crash scene at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Thomas Avenue on Wednesday night.

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