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.