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64-year-old man hit, killed in West Palm Beach after police say he darted into road

Michael Gaertner fatally struck by Toyota Camry
West Palm Beach Police Department vehicle, generic, Dec. 21, 2023
Posted at 10:23 PM, Feb 22, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-22 22:26:03-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Police released the name of a 64-year-old man who was struck and killed by a car last Friday night.

The crash happened at about 9:40 p.m. on eastbound Okeechobee Boulevard approaching Golden Lakes Boulevard.

A 911 caller said they saw a man run across the street and get hit by a car.

Investigators determined that the pedestrian, identified as Michael Gaertner, darted into the road from north to south, into the path of a 2023 Toyota Camry.

Gaertner was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said they do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash, and no charges have been filed.