The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the name of the pedestrian — described as an older Hispanic man — until they can notify family members.

LAKELAND, Fla. — A man carrying papers indicating he had been released from the hospital that evening was struck by an SUV and killed Wednesday night as he attempted to cross U.S. 98 South near Innovation Drive.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the name of the pedestrian — described as an older Hispanic man — until they can notify family members.

The driver of the 2005 Chevy Trailblazer, Maria Mendez , 51, of Winter Haven, told investigators that she had just come off the Polk Parkway and was heading south on U.S. 98 in the middle lane when the man suddenly appeared.

“She attempted to avoid hitting him but was unable,” said Carrie Horstman, a spokeswoman at the sheriff’s office. “He was wearing dark clothing, and the lighting in the area is dim.”

The paperwork the man was carrying from Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center indicated he was a fall risk, investigators said.

“It is unknown where he was attempting to walk to at the time of the crash or if he had a medical condition at the time of the crash,” Horstman said.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, she said.

The road was closed for about three hours in the area while the crash was under investigation. The driver showed no sign of impairment, Horstman said.

Marilyn Meyer is a reporter for The Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger.