Man pushing shopping cart crosses against traffic light
■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed
A 54-year-old man crossing Sanderson Avenue in Hemet was struck and killed by a car early Friday, according to police.
Hemet Police Department officers responded to a traffic collision on Sanderson Avenue near Mustang Way in Hemet shortly before 6 a.m. Oct. 5. The collision was reported to HPD as involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.
Officers arrived to find the pedestrian severely injured. Medical aid was provided, however, the man succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and cooperated with investigators, police said.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle, a 20 year-old resident of Hemet, was driving his silver Scion FR-S south on Sanderson Avenue toward Mustang Way approaching a green traffic signal. A 54 year-old Hemet man was walking west across Sanderson Avenue pushing a shopping cart. Police couldn’t confirm yet whether or not the man was homeless.
The pedestrian, whose name is not being released pending family notification, was wearing dark colored clothing. Police said evidence at the scene suggests that he was crossing against a red “upraised hand” pedestrian signal. Police said that, at this time, there is no suspicion of DUI on behalf of the driver.
Although the incident occurred near West Valley High School, no students or school employees were involved, police said.
Sanderson Avenue between Thornton Avenue and Domenigoni Parkway was closed in both directions for approximately five hours while police investigated the crash.