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LAKE NONA, Fla. – A garbage truck backed over and killed a 73-year-old man who was walking his dog Wednesday morning in Orange County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The fatal crash was reported at 7 a.m. at Prestbury Drive and Kelsall Drive, east of Narcoossee Road near Lake Nona Middle School.
FHP officials said James Lear was walking his dog on Prestbury Drive when the garbage truck backed over him and his dog.
“It’s routine for this truck to back up out of this location. The man that was walking his dog was legally walking his dog on the proper side of the roadway, facing traffic so that put his back to the garbage truck backing up, and then as the garbage truck backed up it did back up over him and his dog,” FHP Sgt. Kim Montes said.
Lear was taken to Florida Hospital East, where he died, troopers said. Lear is the stepfather of former Orlando Magic player Drew Gooden, an official said.