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FHP: Man installing I-4 roadway marker killed after being hit by car, thrown from overpass

The accused driver has been charged with DUI manslaughter.
Credit: AP

TAMPA, Fla. — A 55-year-old Tampa man is behind bars after troopers say he hit a man on Interstate 4, throwing him from the overpass and onto State Road 574, killing him.

Florida Highway Patrol says Victor William Melchionne was driving westbound in the center lane of I-4 on Thursday morning at the same time a 62-year-old FDOT contractor had stopped his car, exited and walked to the outside shoulder to install a roadway marker.

Melchionne reportedly failed to maintain his lane before traveling north and hitting the man, throwing him from the overpass and onto the road below, according to a news release.

The contractor was pronounced dead at the scene. Melchionne stopped along the shoulder after the crash, according to troopers.

He has been arrested and faces a charge of DUI manslaughter.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

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