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PUNTA GORDA — A woman is in critical condition and a man is under arrest after she was struck by a vehicle he was driving late Wednesday.

The man, identified initially as a 36-year-old Arcadia man, was driving a pickup truck about 8:26 p.m. west on State Road 70 just east of State Road 72 northwest of Arcadia.

The woman was a pedestrian and identified as a 22-year-old Arcadia resident, walking east on the north shoulder of SR 70.

“(The pickup truck) traveled onto the paved shoulder, and the right mirror of (it) collided with (the woman,)” the news release from Florida Highway Patrol stated.

The woman was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital in critical condition. The driver of the pickup truck fled the scene, authorities said.

The pickup truck was “later located and impounded,” the FHP stated. The driver was arrested on initial charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving serious injuries, according to the news release.

The man’s name was not initially released.

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