ARCADIA, FL. -- Octavio Lopez, 35 of Dekalb, Illinois was killed about 1 p.m. Tuesday after being hit by a semi truck on State Road 70. Lopez was attempting to flee from Desoto County Deputies.
A truck tractor trailer driven by Driver Fidel Escalante Rojas, 40 of Indiantown, FL was traveling westbound on SR 70 east of Hansel Avenue. Lopez while openly carrying a knife, was running on the north shoulder of SR 70 against traffic, actively fleeing on foot from Desoto County Sheriff Deputies who were attempting to serve a felony warrant on him.
Lopez dropped the knife onto the north shoulder of SR 70 and ran in a south west direction, directly into the path of the approaching semi. As a result, the front of the truck struck the pedestrian within the westbound travel lane of SR 70.
Lopez was pronounced deceased on scene, he came to final rest on the center lane divider of SR 70. The crash remains under investigation.