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Updated Aug. 28, 8:21 a.m.–
Citrus Heights police closed down Auburn Boulevard near the Roseville border for about six hours Friday morning in order to investigate a fatal collision involving a pedestrian in the roadway.
Police said officers responded to a vehicle-versus-pedestrian collision on Auburn Boulevard near Twin Oaks Avenue around 11:05 p.m. Thursday, finding a man in the roadway “with injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle,” according to a news release. Metro Fire personnel arriving shortly after pronounced the man deceased at the scene.
Police have determined the pedestrian was not in marked crosswalk at the time of the crash and said a preliminary investigation revealed “the pedestrian was down in the roadway, for an unknown reason, prior to being struck by the vehicle.”
The driver of the vehicle involved is “cooperating with the investigation,” according to police, and neither alcohol or speed appear to have been a factor in the collision.
Thursday night’s fatality marks the third pedestrian killed on Citrus Heights streets this year, while police statistics show last year had no pedestrian or vehicle-related fatalities in the city. The first fatal collision occurred near Kanai Avenue on Auburn Boulevard around 2 a.m. on Valentines Day, and the second occurred earlier this month on Sunrise Boulevard at the intersection of Old Auburn Road.
Another pedestrian was struck and critically injured on Auburn Boulevard near Twin Oaks Avenue in January of this year, but police said he is believed to have recovered.
Anyone with information related to Thursday night’s collision is asked to contact the Citrus Heights Police Department at 916-727-5500.
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