An Orlando man accused of murdering Pinky, a beloved flamingo in Busch Gardens, was hit by a truck and died two months before being put on trial for animal abuse.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that the Florida Highway Patrol says that Joseph Anthony Corrao, 48, was killed on June 5 when he was hit by a pick-up truck while crossing a busy road next to his home in Orlando.
Corrao walked north on State Road 50, near Story Partin Road in Orange County, shortly before 6 am, when a Ford F-150 hit him.
He later died in Florida Hospital East.
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Joseph Anthony Corrao (left), 48, was killed on June 5 when he was hit by a pickup truck while crossing a busy road near his home in Orlando. He achieved fame in August 2016 after being accused of killing Pinky the flamingo (right)
The undamaged truck driver was not mentioned, but an investigation into the crash is continuing.
Corrao's death comes about two months before he would be tried for animal abuse charges.
He achieved fame in August 2016 after being accused of taking the pink-feathered body of the flamingo out of the pen and beating it with such force that it had to be euthanized.
Corrao was visiting the amusement park with his mother and daughters when he threw Pinky down so hard that her foot was almost cut off, police say.
He grabbed the bird so & # 39; violently & # 39; that he & # 39; traumatic & # 39; injuries sustained and could not be rescued, police spokesman Stephen Hegarty and the Busch Gardens said at the time.
A witness also said that Carrao & # 39; plastered & # 39; and that his mother tried to take him away before he took it, according to WKMG.
Pinky was taken to an animal care center where veterinarians decided to euthanize her in a humane way based on the severity of her injuries.
Carrao was detained by the security of the park and arrested by the Tampa police on charges of animal abuse.
Pinky was a 19-year-old Chilean flamingo, hatched in the park in 1996. Her dancing movements (shown left and right) made her one of the stars of Busch Gardens
Corrao grabbed Pinky from her pen in the Busch Gardens zoo park in Tampa Bay (photo) and violently knocked her to the ground in 2016
He was imprisoned for five days and later released on bail.
Corrao told authorities that he was only trying to show it to his daughter.
He did not want to hurt Pinky and apologized when he heard she had to be knocked down, the police said.
Pinky was a 19-year-old Chilean flamingo, hatched in the Busch Gardens animal park in 1996.
Her dancing movements made her one of the stars of the park and & # 39; diva extraordinaire & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Pinky loved to dance for our guests & # 39 ;, said a spokeswoman for the park, Karen Varga-Sinka.
& # 39; Her caregivers say that this is not a trained behavior, but a natural behavior that she liked to show.
& # 39; Flamingos are filter feeders, using their jaws to squeeze tasty pieces out of the water around them while wading.
& # 39; To induce the tastiest delicacies, flamingos stamp their webs.
& # 39; Pinky has often performed this tick-tick behavior out of the water for guests.
Pinky also appeared on behalf of the park's conservation and education efforts as an & # 39; ambassador animal & # 39 ;.
& # 39; She will be missed a lot, & # 39; said Varga-Sinka.
The senseless death of the flamingo enraged animal lovers who drafted online petitions calling for tougher penalties for animal abuse traders and demanding & # 39; Justice for Pinky & # 39 ;.
A judge named Corrao & # 39; s actions & # 39; beyond senseless & # 39 ;.
& # 39; In my opinion, it is roughly corrupt … I don't know if you have other problems, but I don't know who does that & # 39 ;, said Judge John Conrad, Count of Hillsborough, according to a video feed from the court hearing.
Corrao & # 39; s defense team was worried about his mental health when his case went to court.
Psychologists found that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, according to court documents, and was unable to file a lawsuit.
A judge was told that Corrao was disabled and, according to the Tampa Bay Times, lived on social security benefits.
The judge later received regular updates on Corrao & # 39; s treatment when the case moved to a mental health court.
But after Corrao was declared competent, the prosecution began again in March and a trial date was set for August.
Prosecutors withdrew the charge when they learned of Corrao's death.
Corrao had a history of violence against animals and was accused of shooting and killing two chained dogs with a gun in 2013.
He also had a long history of other arrests, including drug charges, drink-driving and even child abuse, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
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