Bartow man, Mark Piburn, dies in pedestrian crash

10:24 PM, Mar 5, 2014   |    comments
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Bartow, Florida -- Polk County Sheriff's Office Traffic homicide deputies are conducting a fatal crash investigation involving a pedestrian and a car.

Around 9:32 p.m., on February 15, Kassie Schaefer of Winter Haven was driving northbound on Alturas Road just south of Citrus Avenue in a car.  Mark Piburn was walking along Alturas Road at the same time.

According to reports, Schaefer did not see Piburn until the impact occurred and then immediately pulled to the side of the roadway and called for emergency assistance. Polk County emergency responders arrived and pronounced Piburn dead at the scene.

Speed, nor driver impairment are a factor; no charges are anticipated.

The investigation is ongoing.

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