Pedestrian, 64, dies after struck by pickup while crossing busy Redding roadway

REDDING, Calif., — Authorities say a pedestrian was killed after being struck by a pickup while attempting to cross a busy Redding roadway early yesterday morning, Friday, Feb. 11.

The 64-year-old victim was using a walker and was not near or within a marked and designated crosswalk when he was struck on South Bonnyview Road, between Bechelli Lane and the Interstate 5 overpass, according to officials.


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City of Redding police and fire personnel were dispatched to the scene around 6:45 a.m. after a motorist called 911 and reported that he had just struck a pedestrian, Redding Police Sergeant Michael DiMatteo has since said of the fatal accident.

When officials arrived at the scene, they found the pedestrian down in the left-hand turn lane of the roadway, halfway across the road from the Hilton Garden Inn. The victim’s impact-damaged walker was found nearby, along with a white GMC 2500 pickup truck that appeared to have front-end damage from the collision.

The victim had sustained major traumatic injuries and was rushed to Mercy Medical Center in Redding for treatment, where despite life-saving efforts he later succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

Officials are scene investigating a fatal pedestrian-related collision that killed a 64-year-old man who had been using a walker to cross South Bonneyview Road and was not near or within a marked and designated crosswalk when he was fatally struck. Redding PD photos

Based on the circumstances, members of Redding PD’s Traffic Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

During their subsequent investigation, officers determined the 68-year-old male driver of the pickup truck, whose name was not released, had been traveling eastbound on South Bonneyview Road approaching the I-5 overpass moments before the collision.

As the driver got into the left-hand turn lane to enter the northbound I-5, “he suddenly observed a dark object directly in front of his vehicle,” DiMatteo explained, adding that the pedestrian was wearing dark clothing, despite the pre-dawn darkness.

“The driver of the pickup attempted to stop his vehicle; however, was unable to stop the vehicle, striking the pedestrian and knocking him to the ground,” the Sergeant continued, saying the driver remained at the scene after calling 911 and was continuing to cooperate with the ongoing collision investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department Traffic Unit at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 22R009222 and can remain anonymous.

This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.