A pedestrian lost his life after being hit by multiple vehicles in central Fresno. The fatal Highway 99 accident occurred on the morning of Saturday, April 3. It was reported to the authorities at around 5:50 a.m.
According to the details shared by the California Highway Patrol, the pedestrian was present in the southbound lanes of the Highway. CHP received calls from drivers reporting that the pedestrian was on the roadway. However, before the authorities could take any action, the pedestrian was hit.
The collision took place between the first and second southbound lanes. The pedestrian was hit by a Volkswagen Passat and a Dodge Caravan. The collision likely took place at a high rate of speed and resulted in critical injuries to the pedestrian.
Several other vehicles continued to pass over the pedestrian who was nonresponsive. It took some time before the CHP could halt all traffic in the southbound lanes and investigate the matter further. No other persons were injured in the incident.
The stretch of the southbound lanes between Belmont Avenue and Clinton Avenue remained closed for several hours as the authorities conducted on-site investigations and cleanup. The traffic resumed three hours later after the remains of the victim had been removed from the roadway.
Preliminary investigations have not revealed the precise cause of the Highway 99 accident. According to a CHP spokesperson, it is unknown whether the usual contributing factors, drugs or alcohol, played a role in the unfortunate accident.
CHP has not named the deceased pedestrian so far. He was identified only as a man in his early 50s. It is expected that further identification details will be shared once the next-of-kin have been notified.
For pedestrian accidents in California, it is possible for the next-of-kin to recover compensation if negligence is involved. A California pedestrian accident attorney can provide legal help in recovering the damages.