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Lake Wales pedestrian dies after being struck by van

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 11:54 PM

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A Lake Wales man was killed early Monday morning after he was struck by a van while crossing a road in Winter Haven.

Deputies say Jamie Arredondo DeHaro, 45, was driving south on Cypress Gardens Boulevard about 5:25 a.m. and entered the designated turn lane to travel west on Helena Road.

As DeHaro entered the turn lane, deputies say, Eric David Gabel, 52, was walking in the middle turn lane.

DeHaro could not avoid Gabel and struck him on the roadway, deputies say.

Gabel was transported to Winter Haven Hospital and pronounced dead.

DeHaro was not injured, and deputies say no charges are pending.

An investigation is ongoing.

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