Pedestrian Killed on Hwy. 49 During Rush Hour Traffic

Wednesday, at approximately 5:30 p.m., the Gulfport Police Department responded to a traffic accident in the 9300 block of Highway 49.

A pedestrian was attempting to cross the southbound lane of the highway when he was struck by a 2013 Kia Optima. The man was taken to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The name of the man is being withheld at this time pending notification of family members.

Sgt. Damon McDaniel, Public Information Officer for the Gulfport Police Department, says, "According to witnesses here on the scene, due to it being the five o’clock hour, the vehicle was not traveling at a high rate of speed, and we do not suspect foul play in this crash."

While there is no foul play suspected, the accident is still being investigated.

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