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Man struck and killed Charlotte Co. as pedestrian and bicyclist involved crashes are on the rise

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Man struck and killed Charlotte Co. as pedestrian and bicyclist involved crashes are on the rise

By Julian Glover. CREATED Nov 19, 2013 - UPDATED: Nov 19, 2013

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Man struck and killed in Charlotte Co. is the 24th victim of a serious or fatal crash involving a pedestrian or bicyclist in SWFL in last 30 days.

The Florida Highway Patrol says 24-year-old Angel Howard Hoyt of Port Charlotte was riding a motorized bike on US-41 headed northbound with no lights Tuesday morning when he was hit and killed by and SUV traveling southbound. 

FHP says 33-year-old Nicole Lee Prestipino of Port Charlotte was the driver of the SUV. 

Accident reports reveal Hoyt attempted to cross the southbound lanes of US-41 at the intersection of St. Pierre Road to turn into his job when he was hit by the oncoming SUV. 

Hoyt was pronounced dead on the scene, the driver of the SUV has not been charged. 

Fox 4 is digging deeper into the recent string of traffic crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists in SWFL, revealing there have been 24 such accidents in the tri-county area in the last 30 days. 

The Charlotte County Sheriffs Office reports seven crashes involving pedestrians since Oct. 19.

There was no information readily available on bicyclists nvolved in crashes in Charlotte Co. during the last 30 days. 

The Lee County Sheriffs Office reports eight crashing involving a pedestrian or bicyclist since Oct 19. 

The Collier County Sheriffs Office reports four bike crashes and five pedestrian crashes in the last month, for a total of nine. 

FHP recognizes failure to use crosswalks and obey proper traffic laws as the common thread in the string of wrecks in the last month. 

Now troopers are reminding everyone on our roadways to be cautious, especially during season.

"Be aware of motorcycles, be aware of automobiles, be aware of pedestrians and be aware of bicycles," said FHP Trooper Robert Martin.