Neighbors mourn man killed in crash

By Ashley Harding, General assignment reporter, aharding@wjxt.com
Samantha Rambeau, Associate producer, The Morning Show, srambeau@wjxt.com
Published On: Feb 21 2014 09:18:42 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 21 2014 11:53:13 PM EST

Neighbors in Lakeshore are remembering another man, whose life was taken in a crash. 52-year-old Edward Roberts was hit by a car Sunday morning as he crossed the street in his motorized wheelchair at Roosevelt Boulevard and Birkenhead Road. Police say the driver of the car had a green light, and will not face charges. Those who knew Roberts say his death is a big loss to their community.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla -

Neighbors in the Lakeshore community are remembering 52-year-old Edward Roberts, who was killed in an accident Sunday.

Police said a 23-year-old woman driving a Lexus south on Roosevelt before 9 a.m. Sunday morning had a green light. Roberts was crossing the street in a wheelchair and rolled into the path of her car.

The car hit the wheelchair and the Roberts was ejected. He was taken to UF Health and was pronounced dead.

The driver of the Lexus suffered minor injuries that did not require hospitalization.

JSO said because the driver of the car that hit him had a green light and will not face any charges.

RELATED: Man in wheelchair struck, killed on Roosevelt Blvd.

Roberts' neighbor Mary Lysitt said the news was a shock.

"It's just so weird. Every day I come out and expect Eddie to be there," said Lysitt.

Lysitt said she used to take food to the home where Roberts lived with his father. She told Channel 4's Ashley Harding the two took good care of each other and Roberts had a great presence in the neighborhood.

"It's just so strange, because he was just such a common sight to everybody. All the kids knew him, everybody knew him. Everybody has known him for years," said Lysitt.

Despite his limited mobility, Lysitt said Roberts still knew how to have fun.

"He dressed up every year at Christmas and every year ar Halloween with the kids. He'd put on costumes and ride around with his big mask on," remembered Lysitt.

Lysitt said above all, she wants the community to remember her friend.

"I just want his family to know that Eddie had a lot of friends in town. A lot of people knew him and loved him," said Lysitt.

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