Sunday, 14 April 2024

Pedestrian who was hit by a car dies

CLEARLAKE – An elderly man who stepped into traffic and was hit by a vehicle has died.


Lt. Mike Hermann of the Clearlake Police Department issued a statement Monday morning explaining that the 88-year-old man died on Friday, several days after the accident took place.


On the afternoon of Sept. 16 the man was attempting to cross Old Highway 53 at Hillcrest Avenue when police say he stepped into the path of a 1992 Subaru sedan driven by 55-year-old Toni Maier of Clearlake.


Maier didn't see the man until her vehicle struck him, according to Hermann's report.


Hermann reported that Maier quickly stopped her car as the elderly man was thrown to the pavement.


Emergency personnel transported the man to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for treatment, Hermann reported.


Initially, doctors reported that the man was in stable condition, according to Hermann. However, on Friday police received word that the man had died.


Hermann said an autopsy is being performed today, with the official cause of death pending. However, police believe the man's death was a result of the collision.


The investigation into the collision is continuing, said Hermann. Based on evidence at the scene and witness statements police have concluded that Maier could not have avoided the collision.


The man's name is being withheld pending family notification by the coroner's office, Hermann said.


When the investigation has been completed Hermann said it will be forwarded to the Lake County District Attorney's Office for review, which is normal procedure.


Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Officer Joseph Labbe at 994-8251.


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