[UPDATE] Fatal Accident in Tallahassee

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Updated 11-18 8:00am

The Florida Department of Transportation announces a temporary closure of the eastbound lanes on U.S. 90 (Mahan Drive) between Bucklake Road and Dempsey Mayo Road will be in effect Thursday, November 18 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The closure will allow the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to further investigate an area where a pedestrian was recently struck and killed. Eastbound lanes will be closed and the westbound roadway through the area will be converted to handle two- way traffic.

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Updated 11-12 6:26pm

Autopsy results for the man hit and killed by a car are complete.

Authorities say the autopsy shows blunt force trauma consistent with being hit by a vehicle.

The name of that victim has been released. It is Hal Mobley. He was 75 years old.

Leon County Sheriff's deputies say Mobley was killed just after 7:45 Thursday night on Mahan drive near Daylily Lane.

Authorities say 22- year-old Angel Cifuentesa was driving a 1998 Jeep, traveling east on Mahan when he struck Mobley .

The elderly man died on scene.

Residents say that area can be very dangerous for pedestrians.

Karen Huber says she's had a close call before. She said, "I actually was able to put my hand on a woman's front fender one morning and smack it because I was already in a cross intersection. She was coming. People do not see. They're obviously looking for cars it feels like, but not necessarily for pedestrians."

Deputies say the driver did try to avoid hitting Mobley, but was unable to avoid the collision.

Investigators are questioning Cifuentesa, but, no charges have been filed at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.

Deputies were not able to give many details, but say they did have to call out of town to notify Mobley's next of kin. At this time, they have not released exactly where out of town, or if Mobley was just visiting.

[UPDATE] 11-12 1:20pm

LCSO states that the autopsy results for deceased pedestrian Hal Mobley show that he died of blunt force trauma.

Stay with WCTV for details.

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Tallahassee, FL -

The fatal accident happened just after 7:45pm on Mahan drive near Buck Lake Road.

Leon County Sheriff's Office says a 1998 Jeep was traveling east on Mahan when it struck a pedestrian. That person was unable to survive the impact.

There was one person in the Jeep at the time of the accident and LCSO says that person is being questioned about the incident.

LCSO Sgt. Lonnie Seay says, "We've called out the traffic crash investigators to proceed with the investigation and hopefully in the end give the family some closure."
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LCSO issues a news release:

On Thursday, November 11, 2010 at approximately 7:34 pm, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a traffic crash near the intersection of Mahan Drive and Daylily Lane. It was reported that the crash involved a pedestrian. LCSO Uniform Patrol Deputies and the Traffic Homicide Unit responded to the scene to conduct the investigation.

The investigation revealed that a 1998 Jeep SUV driven by Angel Cifuentes, 22, was traveling eastbound on Mahan Drive. The pedestrian Hal Mobley Jr., 75, was crossing Mahan Drive. It appears that Mr. Cifuentes began evasive maneuvers to avoid hitting Mr. Mobley. Mr. Cifuentes was unable to avoid the collision with Mr. Mobley. Mr. Mobley is deceased as a result of the crash.

This investigation is on-going.

WCTV will bring more information as it becomes available.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2010 at 02:00 PM
    No such thing as an accident, someone screwed up!
  • by steve Location: tally on Nov 18, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    There was a show about the autobahn a few years ago. The narrator made a comment which still sticks in my head, and everyone should see it. He said in Europe and the autobahn, where speeds are incredible, the reason they have less wrecks is because they take driving seriously. They don't eat, drink, talk on the phone etc. as much as we do. Also, most people who have had an accident change their driving habits. There should be a simulator used that will show people how traumatic a 10-15 mph wreck can be. And about pedestrians? Come on people, pay attention! Take driving seriously as it may not be your life that ends! You can do those distracting things when you get to your destination, and you really do not save a whole lot of time, either. Like getting a DUI, each drink ends up costing a couple thousand dollars, if you kill a pedestrian, that sticks with you for life. Pedestrians- do not trust any vehicle as most people driving aren't good at making quick decisions, so never assume.
  • by tally Location: tally on Nov 18, 2010 at 06:06 AM
    We can go back and forth all day about drivers needing to pay attention more and pedestrians needing to pay attention more. Somebody is always going to get blamed and theres always going to be accidents. We all just need to be aware of everybody rather vechiles, motorcycles, bicycles, or pedestrians.
  • by sam jr. on Nov 17, 2010 at 02:58 PM
    my prayers go out to da family n friends he waz a good person ...he waz my aunt's husband love u unk r.i.p uncle hal..
  • by kim Location: brooksville, fl on Nov 14, 2010 at 10:02 PM
    that was my uncle that got killed and i loved him dearly he will be missed by a lot of loved ones he was my mother last uncle on her mother side. please everyone please keep us in your prayers.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2010 at 06:43 AM
    i walk everyone i go. not once have i been hit but i came close because this dumb lady decided since there were no cars coming, she would do a u-turn. i was almost hit but if i wasn't hurt, she wouldve been. PEOPLE NEED TO PAY ATTENTION WHILE THEY ARE DRIVING AND SLOW DOWN!!!! IF YOU'RE LATE, YOU'RE GOING TO BE LATE REGARDLESS OF HOW FAST YOU DRIVE!!!! the only reason i haven't been hit is because i pay attention and stop in the middle of the road for the dummbies who are rushing and paying zero attention to the fact that i have a walking signal.
  • by near miss Location: north west on Nov 13, 2010 at 06:36 AM
    The other morning I almost ran over a kid at the bus stop. A black boy was laying in the road with jacket covering him because it was cold. Now how stupid can you get.
  • by J Timney Location: Tallahassee on Nov 12, 2010 at 04:48 PM
    If you don't want to be hit by a car, stay out of the road!
  • by Johnny Boy Location: Tally on Nov 12, 2010 at 02:45 PM
    Steve, you must have a little car. My truck weighs in at 6000 !!!
  • by Lilly Location: Tallahassee on Nov 12, 2010 at 12:24 PM
    It was just an accident. I don't think anyone should think more into it. Drivers and pedestrians don't mix but its necessary in this city. There are bound to be accidents, and there are. Also younger drivers are everywhere here and their driving experience doesn't exceed a couple yrs behind the wheel. Pedestrians have to be really careful @ crosswalks because those younger drivers don't look before they make a right turn on red, while the walk signal is active. I hope Tally takes these things into consideration before writing another 88$ ticket for jaywalking when its a whole lot safer to cross anywhere but intersections. Lets all just be a little more aware of our surroundings on our city streets especially @ nightfall. My prayers go out to both the family of the deceased and also to the driver.
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