Elderly man hit by vehicle on North Pine Ave in Ocala dies

Elderly Man Fatally Struck by Vehicle in Ocala Intersection

Tragedy struck on Thursday night when an elderly man was hit by a vehicle at the intersection of North Magnolia Avenue and State Road 40 in Ocala. Sadly, the man, identified as Charles Ungermann, 89, from upstate New York, passed away at a local hospital on Friday afternoon. This devastating incident has left the community in shock.

The victim was not alone at the time of the accident. He was accompanied by his wife, Geraldine Ungermann, 83. Both were rushed to HCA Florida Ocala Hospital, where Mrs. Ungermann remains in serious condition. Ocala Police Department officials have reported that her husband succumbed to his injuries.

According to witness statements, a 21-year-old woman from The Villages was driving a newer model Nissan Sentra westbound on SR 40. The couple was attempting to cross SR 40 from north to south on North Magnolia Avenue when the Nissan struck them. Authorities have confirmed that the couple was crossing against a crosswalk signal. Witnesses have stated that speed does not appear to have been a factor in the accident.

The speed limit on the roadway where the incident occurred is 30 mph. The investigation is currently ongoing, and no arrests have been made at this time, according to police officials.

This heartbreaking event marks the second traffic-related fatality within the city limits of Ocala this year. In 2023, there were a total of nine traffic deaths reported by city law enforcement.

The Ocala community is mourning the loss of Charles Ungermann and sending their thoughts and prayers to Geraldine Ungermann as she remains in serious condition. As the investigation continues, authorities hope to uncover more details about the circumstances surrounding this tragic accident.

For any information or leads related to this incident, please contact Austin L. Miller at austin.miller@starbanner.com.

Sources:
– Ocala Police Department: https://www.ocala.com/story/news/accident/2023/11/03/pickup-truck-hits-man-72who-was-walking-across-n-pine-ave-in-ocala/71445502007/
– Traffic death in Fort McCoy: https://www.ocala.com/story/news/accident/2024/01/13/traffic-death-cr-315-in-fort-mccoy-florida/72214676007/
– Hit-and-run crash in Ocala: https://www.ocala.com/story/news/crime/2024/01/08/police-in-ocala-florida-charge-a-woman-in-hit-and-run-crash-that-killed-a-bicycle-rider/72146175007/

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