PALMDALE – An 85-year-old man died Saturday evening after he was hit by a truck while crossing the street in Palmdale, authorities said.
Jose Portillo was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office. The fatal collision happened around 6:03 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, on Palmdale Boulevard at Pond Avenue, according to Detective Brent Bunch of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
The motorist, 72-year-old Henkin Bernard of Anaheim Hills, was driving a 2003 Toyota Tacoma eastbound on Palmdale Boulevard, Bunch stated.
“A pedestrian walked into the roadway of Palmdale Boulevard… at the intersection of Pond Avenue, crossing from the south curb line into the traffic lanes,” Bunch stated. “Mr. Bernard was unable to stop his vehicle in time and collided into the pedestrian.”
A preliminary investigation indicated that drugs and alcohol were not factors in the collision, according to Bunch. The driver remained at the scene, and no arrests were made in connection with the collision.
Palmdale Boulevard was closed to routine traffic between 30th Street East and 35th Street East until approximately 11:30 p.m. Saturday while the incident was being investigated.
Portillo was known as “Don Pepito” in the neighborhood near Palmdale Boulevard and 30th Street East. He was known for collecting recyclables and storing them in an old stroller, which he pushed throughout the neighborhood on a daily basis, neighbors said.