A pedestrian was killed Thursday night on Big Coppitt Key trying to cross U.S. 1, while two scooter riders were airlifted from Key West to Miami early Friday.
Key Wester Donald R. Huskey, 69, trying to cross the highway from the east side, walked into the path of a 1993 Dodge pickup truck driven by Jeffrey Fitch, 33, also of Key West, about 10:05 p.m. Thursday at Mile Marker 10, said Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kathleen McKinney.
Huskey was pronounced dead at the scene; Fitch was not injured, she said.
The case was under investigation, but no charges were expected.
Troopers closed the southbound lanes and diverted traffic until 1 a.m. to clear the scene, McKinney added.
In Key West, Stephen Meade, 28, of New Jersey, and Tina Priano, 31, whose address was unknown, were airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami in critical condition after being rear-ended on their scooter about 1 a.m. on Flagler Avenue at the South Roosevelt Boulevard light, police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said.
They were thrown from the scooter, which then hit a third vehicle.
The driver of the car that hit the scooter, Emily Michelle Appleton, 24, of Key West, was charged with drunken driving, two counts of DUI resulting in serious bodily injury and two counts of DUI resulting in property damage.
Jonathan Ham, 24, of Key West, driver of the third car, was not seriously injured, Crean said.
The crash closed eastbound traffic on the 3800 block of Flagler Avenue for the next five hours as police worked the scene, she added.
Troopers urged residents and tourists alike to slow down this Memorial Day weekend.
"It's going to be busy weekend, just looking at the traffic already," McKinney said Friday morning.