The death is the third involving a pedestrian in Okaloosa County in 2017.
DESTIN — A Louisiana woman has been identified as the pedestrian who was struck and killed trying to cross U.S. Highway 98 early Wednesday.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office reported in a press release that Margaret Beck, 40, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, was walking south across the eastbound lanes of Harbor Boulevard near Stahlman Avenue shortly after 3 a.m. when she was struck.
The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators, according to the press release.
Morning commuters encountered major delays as sheriff's deputies and investigators worked the scene of the crash. One lane of traffic opened about 7:45 a.m. and both eastbound lanes were clear as of about 8:30 a.m.
Beck is the third person to be hit by a car while crossing the road in that area in the last month. Other pedestrian accidents took place at 3:45 a.m. on May 7 and 7:50 p.m. June 3. Both of those people suffered life-threatening injuries and one remains in critical condition.
In data compiled on Florida's Integrated Report Exchange System website, Beck is the third pedestrian killed on an Okaloosa County road in 2017 and the second on U.S. 98. Walton County also has recorded three pedestrian fatalities while Santa Rosa County has reported one.
The Sheriff's Office is cautioning motorists and pedestrians to use extreme caution along U.S. 98 in Destin, especially just east of the Marler Bridge, where there are many entertainment venues and restaurants along with a heavy pedestrian presence.