Pedestrian Struck, Killed By Driver Near Santa Clarita

SANTA CLARITA (CBS) — A California Highway Patrol officer Sunday said a Canyon County man was fatally struck by a vehicle on Bouquet Canyon Road near Santa Clarita.

The accident, which was reported about 2:06 a.m., took place on the canyon road at Shadow Valley Lane, CHP Officer Patrick Kimball said.

A Saugus man believed to be traveling about 50 mph in a 1989 Mercedes-Benz struck a 20-something man walking the same direction in dark clothing, Kimball said.

A witness reported seeing the man on the road before the accident.

His body was turned over to coroner’s investigators for an autopsy, and his name was withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

The driver was not immediately cited in connection with the death.

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  • diosdado1001

    The driver was not immediately cited. How can they cite the driver if noone knows about?
    What was that man doing at 2:00 AM on the street?

    • Robyn Patton

      His name is Christopher and he was walking home from a wedding. He was a great son, a loving cousin to his 4 teenage cousins Devin, Lacey, Laken and Cassidy, whom all will miss him very much. There will never be a nephew quite as wonderful as Christopher. He was smart, handsome, respectful, caring, funny and too young to have left this world. Heaven received a great blessing very early this morning.

  • Reason

    The driver was probably not cited because the driver didn’t do anything to be cited for. It’s sad and I’m sorry for the family and friends of the pedestrian, but walking in a dark road in dark clothing in the middle of the night…. Well, it’s likely the driver couldn’t have done anything to prevent this. I’m sorry for the driver, too.

    • Suzi South

      Christopher was in a black tux, he was walking because he had been drinking. Yes normally you should not be walking on an unlit street. But at least he wasn’t driving. God bless him and his mother Patti McElroy. He will be missed by many. We Love you Chris. God Bless you and the driver of the vehicle, as well as all of his friends which attended the wedding.

  • taylor

    the driver could have did something, the driver honked, if you can honk then you can surely swerve out of the way or brake at least so please get all the facts before you decide to stick up for a driver that killed an amazing man.

    • Suzi South

      I am not sticking up for the driver I am his Aunt. I had not heard that the driver honked, were do you get your information? Yes Christopher was an amazing young man. But if the driver was not cited then the highway patrol did not find fault at the scene. The road is very curvy, there are no lights, believe me it is not easy to say that the driver is probably grieving also. I know if I hit and killed someone I would be misarable. Do not be so quick to judge. God will judge us all in the end.

      • taylor

        i wasnt talking to you i was talking to that reason person

  • David

    At the time he was struck he was not walking, per se. He was probably relieving himself, lost his balance as he was doing so, staggered to stay upright, putting himself in the road. I only know this because I was the second person at the scene – I didn’t have my cell and drove down to 7-11 to have them call 911. When I drove back up the officer who had arrived had no interest in hearing me and shouted obscenities at me to the effect that I should keep driving.

    It was very surreal. I feel very badly for Chris, although I did not know him. He and his family, as well as the poor driver are in my prayers. I say “poor driver” because he really was blameless – he was an older gentleman, completely sober and very distraught and in fact risked his own life to try flagging down another vehicle when he realized I didn’t have a cell phone.

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