A 48-year-old pedestrian was killed in Belleview early Thursday night when he was struck by a vehicle on U.S. Hwy. 27/441.

The man was attempting to cross the highway near SE 95th Street shortly after 7:30 p.m. when he was hit by a northbound 2005 Ford Escape driven by 64-year-old Robert Czajko, of Ocala, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

The front of Czaiko’s vehicle hit the man and threw him into the center median. He was pronounced dead at the scene, the FHP report says, adding that lack of lighting and the man being dressed in dark clothing were contributing factors in the incident.

The man’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The incident also remains under investigation and charges are pending, the FHP report says.