Elderly Woman Struck by 2 Vehicles and Killed Christmas Night, Leesburg Police Say

LEESBURG, Florida—An 80-year-old woman was struck by two vehicles and killed Christmas night as she attempted to cross busy State Road 44, also known as Dixie Avenue in Leesburg, according to Leesburg Police Department Capt. Joe Iozzi.

Gladys Lopez was found deceased in the roadway when LPD responded to a crash at Dixie Avenue and Euclid Avenue around 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Iozzi said. The intersection is a just about a mile from UF Health Leesburg Hospital.

“The preliminary investigation indicates Ms. Lopez was struck by two vehicles as she was attempting to cross State Road 44/Dixie Avenue,” Iozzi said in a press release.

Lopez was struck by a black 2015 Kia sedan being driven by Michael Lehman of Leesburg, and then struck a second time by a blue 2011 Hyundai sedan being driven by Eric Dillard, 40, also of Leesburg. Both vehicles were traveling eastbound, Iozzi said.

LPD is asking witnesses to call the Traffic Unit at 352-728-9862.

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