Man dies after walking into traffic

A 55-year-old Bradenton man was killed at approximately 9:30 a.m. April 17 while attempting to cross Cortez Road in Cortez.

Daniel Dietz Elliot was struck by a 2008 Toyota Tundra hauling a trailer, driven by David Smith, 47, of Bradenton. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Smith was traveling westbound on Cortez Road in the left lane.

Elliot attempted to cross Cortez Road from the north to the south side and walked directly into the path of Smith’s oncoming vehicle, according to a FHP press release. The report states Smith attempted to swerve out of the way, but Elliot was struck by the right fender of the trailer.

Elliot was pronounced dead at the scene.

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