Man struck and killed while walking his dog

400-ALLEN-GUBSERAt about 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night, Historic City News was informed that a pedestrian was struck and killed by the driver of a 2002 white Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck while he was walking his service dog, Sadie, in the area of SR-16, eastbound at CR-208.

The victim, 46-year-old Allen Charles Gubser, whose last reported address was New Orleans, Louisiana, was walking north; crossing the eastbound lanes of SR-16, in an area that is not designated for pedestrian travel.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol crash report, the front portion of the pickup truck, driven by 21-year-old Erika Nicole Lazarock of St Johns County, struck the pedestrian in the inside travel lane of SR-16.

Sadie was taken to a veterinary hospital where she died at about 11:00 p.m., according to family members.

Gubser was transported to Baptist South Hospital by St Johns County Fire Rescue for emergency treatment of life-threatening head trauma sustained in the collision. Upon arrival, he had to be resuscitated. He was stabilized for transportation to UF Health Jacksonville, where he died at 1:19 a.m.

Lazarock was reportedly uninjured, although about $5,500 in damages were estimated to her vehicle.

Trooper Bartholomew reported that traffic homicide investigators are trying to determine if alcohol was a factor – for either party. Charges in this case are pending the outcome of that investigation.

Gubser and his fianc√© were visiting St Augustine and were scheduled to return to New Orleans next week; when they were planning to be married. “I don’t know why he had to die…he was my soul-mate and my best friend,” she wrote. “Yes he was drinking that day, but he only had a couple of beers — and he was nowhere near drunk.”

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