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Pedestrian in critically injured after being struck crossing Del Prado Blvd.

By Staff | Apr 7, 2017

Cape Coral police released the name of a pedestrian who was struck by a car earlier this week.

Paul Liaknickas, 51, of Fort Lauderdale, was listed in critical condition on Thursday at Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was taken following the accident on Del Prado Boulevard S., officials reported.

At 8:31 p.m. Tuesday, a Kia Rio was traveling southbound in the 2300 block of Del Prado in the outside lane. Liaknickas was walking westbound across Del Prado in the same block with another unidentified pedestrian, but they were not at a marked pedestrian crosswalk, according to police.

The driver of the Kia, Joy Pamela Zelaya-Sagastizado, 50, of the Cape, saw the second person dart from left to right in front of her vehicle in the outside lane. She swerved into the center lane to avoid hitting the person and struck Liaknickas. He was propelled onto the hood and windshield of the car.

Liaknickas came to rest on the road in the outside lane.

Police reported that the second person left the scene on foot, traveling northbound on Del Prado, without leaving any identifying information. Officers rendered first aid until the paramedics arrived.

Liaknickas may have been texting on a phone when he was struck, according to police.

He sustained life-threatening injuries and was trauma-alerted to the hospital.

Liaknickas reportedly had a medical blood 201alcohol content of .345.

Zelaya-Sagastizado nor her passenger, Justin Michael Reisler, 31, also of the Cape, were injured.