- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

ST. CLOUD, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a man has died after being struck by a vehicle while changing his tire on the side of a central Florida road.

Sgt. Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol says 57-year-old Gerald Watson of Palm Bay died Thursday night.

She says the vehicle that hit Watson fled the scene.

Watson was on the north side of the highway changing a tire on the passenger side of his vehicle when he was hit. The impact threw him about 50 feet into a grass median.

Montes says Watson’s wife was inside the vehicle but did not see the vehicle hit her husband. She wasn’t injured.

The highway patrol is investigating.

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