Pedestrian killed crossing Highway 99 ID’d as California man

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter

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The pedestrian who died after he was struck by a pickup while trying to cross Highway 99 in Hazel Dell on Saturday has been identified as a California man.

Stephen Wyatt, 46, was the victim of the fatal crash, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Wyatt used to live in the Hazel Dell area and was in town to retrieve personal property.

The crash, reported at about 6:30 p.m., occurred during heavy rainfall and at a dark intersection of the highway near Northeast 102nd Street, according to the sheriff’s office.

Wyatt was crossing the road from east to west when he was struck by a southbound full-sized pickup, according to the sheriff’s office.

The driver of the pickup, a 20-year-old Vancouver man, is cooperating with investigators, and there was no reason to believe drugs or alcohol were involved, said Sgt. Fred Neiman. The driver’s name was not released.

There is no crosswalk where 102nd Street intersects with Highway 99. The nearest signaled intersections with marked crosswalks are at Northeast 99th and 104th streets.

The highway was closed for about two and a half hours for the investigation.