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UPDATE: Florida Highway Patrol officials announced Monday night that 65-year-old Vandall A. Griffin was the man who died after he was struck by two cars Saturday night. Griffin was from Citra, which is about 30 minutes away from Gainesville.

Florida Highway Patrol is trying to identify a pedestrian who died Saturday evening after he was hit by two cars near the intersection of U.S. 301 and Southeast 203rd Street.

Both cars were driving north on U.S. 301 before 9 p.m., according to officials. The first car, a 2013 GMC Acadia, was driven by a 56-year-old Palm City resident and hit the man on the car’s left side, according to a press release. The second car, a 2014 Chrysler Town & Country, was driven by a 31-year-old Orange Park resident.

Both cars pulled over on the east shoulder of the road, officials said. Neither car had passengers, and the drivers were uninjured.

The man was declared dead at the scene. Officials have not been able to identify the man and are looking for his relatives. Authorities said the man is white and between 50 to 60 years old. He had medium-gray hair and was wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and a brown leather jacket. He also had a faded tattoo on his right arm, but FHP did not describe the tattoo.

Officials ask that anyone with information about the man should call FHP at 1-800-387-1290.

The case is still under investigation, officials said.

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Meryl Kornfield, a UF journalism junior, covers the beats desk in the newsroom. Born in Miami, FL, her first journalism experience was working for her high school newspaper, The Palmetto Panther.