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Pedestrian struck by five vehicles, killed in Bloomingdale


Published:   |   Updated: February 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM

A pedestrian in Bloomingdale was struck early Friday by five vehicles, the final two after other drivers stopped to help, deputies said.

Ronald J. Sandalic, 57, was pronounced dead after trying to cross Bloomingdale Avenue at Maze Lane just after 4:30 a.m., deputies said. He was wearing dark clothing.

As Sandalic walked south, he was struck by a 2005 Ford Focus driven east by 19-year-old Madison A. Dvorak, deputies said. The impact sent Sandalic about 70 feet before leanding in the road, deputies said.

Dvorak, of Dover, and her 19-year-old passenger, stopped immediately so she could call 911 and render aid, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

However, Sandalic was again struck moments later by a 2005 Toyota Tacoma driven by 19-year-old Ricky Polk, deputies said.

Polk, of Temple Terrace, stopped and unsuccessfully tried to wave cars around Sandalic, who was struck a third time by a 2005 Crown Victoria driven by 57-year-old John Gallerger, the sheriff’s office said.

Gallerger, of Valrico, also stopped and waited for deputies.

Two additional vehicles ran over Sandalic’s deceased body and did not stop, the sheriff’s office said. Witnesses described one as a Chevy S-10 pickup and the other as a full-size pickup truck.

Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Larry McKinnon said those drivers would not be facing a criminal charges, given the state of Sandalic’s body at the time. However, they should contact the sheriff’s Traffic Homicide Section at (813) 247-8200 for documentation in the crash report.

No charges are expected, McKinnon said.

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