Pedestrian killed in Tahoe traffic collision

By From page A12 | August 22, 2012

A pedestrian was killed the evening of Aug. 14 after he was hit by a van as he was reportedly illegally crossing Highway 50 near Pioneer Trail.
According to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, officer Chris Webber had just exited his police car and was walking to a business in the area when he heard the sound of a traffic collision. He went to investigate and discovered a 49-year-old man had been struck by a van in the No. 2 westbound lane of Highway 50. The man was not breathing and had no pulse, police said.Webber and officer Tony Broadfoot, a certified medical technician who responded to the scene from a block away, immediately began life-saving procedure and performed CPR on the victim until they were relieved by fire department medics. Rescuers eventually re-established the victim’s pulse, but he died before he could be loaded onto a Calstar helicopter to be transported to Renown Hospital.

Police closed westbound Highway 50 from Pioneer Trail to Midway Avenue for about three hours while South Lake Tahoe Police conducted a preliminary investigation. According to police, the pedestrian, who was wearing dark clothing, was at fault in this collision because he was illegally crossing Highway 50 from the south curb line to the north, outside of a crosswalk. Witness statements indicated that the man was narrowly missed by another vehicle traveling in a different lane of traffic prior to being struck by the van.

The driver of the van was the only occupant of that vehicle and no other injuries were reported police said. The driver of the van is not suspected of drug or alcohol use. Police do not yet know whether the pedestrian had used drugs or alcohol.

The identity of the pedestrian is being withheld pending notification of the pedestrian’s next of kin by the El Dorado County Sheriff/Coroner’s office.

Tahoe Tribune

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