Pedestrian killed Friday in Immokalee Road crash

Naples man in truck in serious condition

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- Trooper Daniel Castilla, left, and Corporal Andrew Close, of the Florida Highway Patrol, investigate the scene of a fatal accident involving a pedestrian on Immokalee Road near the Interstate 75 interchange on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in North Naples. Luis Diez, 54, of Naples, was killed when he was struck walking along Immokalee Road.

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DAVID ALBERS/STAFF - Trooper Daniel Castilla, left, and Corporal Andrew Close, of the Florida Highway Patrol, investigate the scene of a fatal accident involving a pedestrian on Immokalee Road near the Interstate 75 interchange on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in North Naples. Luis Diez, 54, of Naples, was killed when he was struck walking along Immokalee Road.

— Celso Oliveira was driving east on Immokalee Road on Friday when a white truck clipped the side of his van — hard.

The 58-year-old Lehigh Acres carpet installer then watched in horror as the truck, a 2006 white Ford F-150, careened out of control across the lanes.

Before it came to rest, the truck ran down and killed a pedestrian, then rolled over.

“I didn’t see him coming,” said Oliveira, who had just stopped his 2006 Chevy van at a red light east of the Interstate 75 underpass. “I was scared.”

“He lost control,” Oliveira said.

Another witness named Chris, who declined to give his last name, had just gotten off the I-75 ramp and was heading east on Immokalee Road when he saw the pickup hit a pedestrian on the south sidewalk, then a light pole and a palm tree.

The truck flipped three or four times, then wound up in the grass.

Fatal crash scene on Immokalee Road

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Killed was the pedestrian, Luis A. Diez, 54, of Naples. His body landed on a service road near the sidewalk, covered by a yellow tarp as authorities investigated.

Other witnesses at the scene said the driver, Christopher John Vetter, 54, of Naples, was conscious after the wreck and seemed coherent.

He was transported to an NCH Healthcare System Hospital in serious condition, a Florida Highway Patrol report said.

Vetter owns CV Cabinetry of North Naples, according to state business records.

His truck had its front end crumpled and the contents of its bed — including a circular saw, a red bucket and various bits of plywood — lay scattered on the grass.

No charges were immediately filed as troopers investigated what happened, FHP spokesman Lt. Greg Bueno said.

According to the FHP report, the fatality occurred around 12:15 p.m. at Immokalee Road and Tarpon Bay Boulevard and wasn’t alcohol-related.

The intersection was blocked by Collier County deputies immediately after the wreck, but was reopened by early afternoon.

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AnnetteKniola writes:

Oh,so sad. My condolences. :(

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