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Driver steps out of vehicle in Port St. Lucie, fatally struck by dump truck

Portions of Becker Road closed near I-95
Port St. Lucie police said a person was fatally struck by a dump struck on SW Becker Road on May 12, 2020.
Posted at 12:52 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 13:09:32-04

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — A person is dead after they stepped out of their vehicle and was hit by a dump truck Tuesday morning in Port St. Lucie, according to police.

The collision occurred around 8:50 a.m. on eastbound SW Becker Road near Interstate 95.

Police said a Ford Escape was stopped in the right lane to I-95. An approaching dump truck was following behind the Ford Escape but changed lanes and struck the driver of the Ford Escape, who had stepped out into the road.

Police said the dump truck did not hit the Ford Escape during the collision with the victim. It's unclear why the driver of the SUV stepped out of the vehicle.

The victim, identified as Walter Foell, 74, of Port St. Lucie was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the driver of the dump truck is not facing criminal charges.