Man killed while picking up items that fell off his truck on U.S. 41

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A man was hit and killed on U.S. 41 in Hillsborough County on Tuesday morning.

Florida Highway Patrol investigators say the driver of a 2006 Chevrolet had stopped to retrieve items that fell out of his truck along U.S. 41 north of Elsberry Road.

The 81-year-old man was in the roadway picking up the items when he was hit by a Dodge van driven by Leitha Ebanks, 56, of Ruskin around 6:46 a.m.

Troopers say the man died at the scene of the crash. His identity has not been released. He lived in Bradenton.

U.S. 41 was closed while troopers investigated the accident. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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