82. DeLand cops: Man drinking beer in middle of road at night run over and killed

Headline Surfer® graphic / Jorge Lewis Rivera stopped in the middle of North Woodland Bouelevard to drink a beer when he was struck and killed by a motorist as shown in this locator map.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

Top 100 local stories of 2015 / Headline SurferDELAND, Fla. -- A man who appeared to be intoxicated witnesses told police, stopped in the middle of the road to drink a beer the night of May 30, was struck and killed by a motorist in a Chevy Tahoe, DeLand cops said.

The victim, pronounced dead at the scene of the accident was identified three days later as 57-year-old Jorge Lewis Rivera of New Jersey.

Here's a synopsis of what happened as described by DeLand police: Witnesses told cops the man who may have been intoxicated, walked from a gas station on North Woodland Boulevard, crossed the concrete median and continued into the southbound lane. Then he stopped in the middle lane of traffic and began drinking a beer when he was struck by the passing motorist who didn't see him. 

No charges were filed against the driver, Andre L. Washington Jr., 20, of South Carolina. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Here's a synopsis of what happened as described by DeLand police: Witnesses told cops the man appeared to be intoxicated, walked from a gas station on North Woodland Boulevard, crossed the concrete median and continued into the southbound lane. Then he stopped in the middle lane of traffic and began drinking a beer when he was struck by the passing motorist who didn't see him. No charges were filed against the driver.

The death of Jorge Lewis Rivera comes in at No. 82 in the HeadlineSurfer.com countdown of the top 100 local stories of 2014.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.