By Miriam Raftery
January 4, 2018 (Santa Ysabel) – A 29-year-old man walking in the northbound lane of State Route 79 was struck and killed last night around 8 p.m. by a 2003 silver Hyundai., south of Mesa Grande Road in Santa Ysabel.
The driver of the Hyundai fled the scene. The vehicle was found ours later by law enforcement, disabled and abandoned along State Route 79 north of Fink Road, 17 miles north of the collision scene, according to Officer Travis Garrow with the California Highway Patrol.
The driver has not been located. CHP seeks for witnesses to this collision. Anyone with information regarding this collision is urged to contact the California Highway Patrol Area at 619-401-2000.
No other vehicles were believed to be involved and at this time it is unclear if alcohol and or drugs were a factor.
Earlier in the evening, another pedestrian was struck and killed on State Route 79 in the Aguanga area; the driver in that crash has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
These tragedies underscore the importance of drivers being alert for pedestrians and also the importance of pedestrians wearing light-colored clothing and reflective items to be more visible to motorists, if you must travel on foot after dark.