PALMDALE – A 57-year-old Lancaster man walking in the middle of the street was struck and killed by a pickup truck early this morning, authorities said.
The fatal traffic collision occurred around 4:40 a.m. Friday on Avenue M (also known as Columbia Way), near the intersection of 5th Street East in Palmdale, according to detective Jeff Perkins of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
A preliminary investigation revealed that 29-year-old Armando Calderon was driving a 2005 GMC/2500 HD pick-up truck traveling eastbound on Avenue M when he struck a pedestrian who was walking in the middle of the east bound lanes, Perkins stated.
The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel. His name has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Calderon did not report any injuries from the collision, Perkins stated.
Avenue M was closed to routine traffic, between Division Street and 10th Street East, until approximately 8:30 a.m., while the incident was being investigated.
This fatal collision is still under investigation by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Traffic Unit.
UPDATED 5/28/13 @ 1:30 pm: The deceased has been identified as Hipolito Rodriguez Franco, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Franco was visiting from Mexico at the time of the fatal collision, according to officials from the County Coroner’s Office.