Pedestrian struck, killed by car on Highway 99

Man running across highway to meet friend at Starbucks

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



A man crossing Northeast Highway 99 in Hazel Dell to meet a friend at a coffee shop was struck by a car Wednesday evening and later died from his injuries, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash was reported at 5:17 p.m. Wednesday in the 7700 block of the highway, sheriff’s Sgt. Randon Walker said. The man’s name was not immediately released because officials had yet to notify his family.

Walker said the 45-year-old man was running from the east side of the highway to Starbucks on the other side of the road. He was crossing a six-lane part of the highway south of the intersection with Northeast 78th Street. He was not in a crosswalk.

After running across three lanes of northbound traffic, he went behind a vehicle in the fourth lane, but apparently didn’t see an approaching Ford Mustang and was struck.

Arriving firefighters found the man on the roadway in critical condition and quickly put him into an ambulance, Walker said. The man died shortly after arriving at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Part of the highway was temporarily blocked while detectives with the sheriff’s Traffic Homicide Unit investigated.

The Mustang’s driver remained on scene and cooperated with investigators. There are no indications that the driver or the pedestrian were impaired, Walker said.

No criminal charges are being considered against the driver, who did not appear to be distracted at the time of the crash, Walker said.