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Polk deputy hits, kills man who walked into path of car

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Martin Knoetasch, 56, died when he stepped into the path of a deputy cruiser. File jail booking photo Martin Knoetasch, 56, died when he stepped into the path of a deputy cruiser. File jail booking photo
AUBURNDALE, FL (WFLA TV) -

A man died early Friday morning after he walked into the path of a Polk County deputy's cruiser in Auburndale. Investigators say the man had a history of walking into traffic.

Deputy William Tull, 21, had just gotten off his shift as a patrol deputy and was driving home on Havendale Boulevard around 6 a.m. in his patrol car when Martin Knoetasch, 56, stepped into the path of the car near 42nd Street, say investigators.

Knoetasch, who was wearing dark-colored clothing, was hit by the right front passenger corner of the patrol car and died at the scene. Tull was not injured.

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The Polk County Sheriff's Office says Knoetasch had no registered address. Auburndale Police had responded to the same area twice on June 9, in response to reports that Knoetasch was walking into traffic.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash. Deputy Tull has worked in the department since 2012 and has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

The crash closed Havendale Boulevard for more than three hours.

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