PALMDALE – A 34-year-old man was killed Monday night after being struck by a van while trying to cross a busy street in Palmdale, authorities said.
Michael Lee Simnitt of Palmdale was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Officer.
Palmdale deputies responded to the scene around 9:03 p.m. on Tierra Subida Avenue near the intersection of Date Palm Drive, according to Palmdale Station traffic detective Jeff Perkins.
“The preliminary facts of this investigation indicate [Simnitt] began crossing Tierra Subida Avenue (mid-block), from the eastern side of the roadway to the western side of the roadway,” Perkins said in a news release.
Simnitt walked directly into the path of a 2004 Toyota Sienna van that was traveling northbound on Tierra Subida Avenue, Perkins said.
The van was being driven by 38-year-old Mercy Camou of Lake Hughes. Camou was not injured in the collision.
Tierra Subida Avenue was closed to routine traffic between Date Palm Drive and Palmdale Boulevard until approximately 1:30 a.m. while the incident was being investigated.
The collision remains under investigation by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Traffic Office.