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Man flagging down help killed on U.S. 27

Francisco Mendoza was flagging down help when he was struck

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WESTON, Fla. – A man was killed early Sunday morning as he tried to flag down a passerby after running out of gas on U.S. 27 in Weston, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office. 

Francisco Mendoza, 21, ran out of gas while driving with a friend around 3:30 a.m. just south of Southwest 26 Street.

He stepped out into the roadway to try to get another driver's help and was struck by a van. Mendoza was wearing dark-colored clothing and the driver did not see him. 

Mendoza was airlifted to Broward Health Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. 

BSO continues to investigate, but it does not appear speed or impairment contributed to the crash. 

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