Pedestrian, 75, fatally struck while crossing Menifee street
MENIFEE, Calif. — Authorities say a pedestrian has died after being fatally struck by a car at the intersection of Rockport Rd. and Laguna Vista Dr., southeast of Menifee and Newport roads in Menifee, Wednesday evening, July 29.
According to officials, a Menifee PD police officer witnessed the deadly collision, and was the first official to arrive at the scene.
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Menifee PD officials have since explained that an officer witnessed the accident around 7:17 p.m., and “immediately began assessing the pedestrian’s injuries,” while relaying information to emergency dispatchers and requesting medical personnel respond to the scene.
The victim sustained major head trauma and was rushed to Inland Valley Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries and passed away.
The name of the pedestrian, who has only been described as a 75-year-old Menifee resident, has not been released pending further investigation and notification of the man’s family.
The driver of the vehicle, a 59-year-old Menifee resident remained at the scene of the fatal collision and has been cooperating with the ongoing investigation.
Based on the circumstances, the department’s Traffic Investigation Bureau responded to the scene of the accident and assumed the investigation.
As the investigation was getting underway officers called for the temporary closure of the intersection, which remained closed for several hours and was re-opened around midnight.
During their subsequent investigation, officials determined the motorist who struck the pedestrian had stopped at the posted stop sign at the intersection just before the deadly accident.
“Upon traveling west through the intersection to the opposing side, the vehicle struck a pedestrian who was traveling north in the crosswalk,” officials have since explained.
The primary cause of the collision is still under investigation; however officials have said that alcohol and or drug intoxication are not considered contributing factors in the deadly accident.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sgt. Matt Bloch at (951) 723-1565 or the department’s traffic hotline at (951) 723-1690.
This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.
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