PALMDALE – A pedestrian was struck and killed by a big rig Tuesday morning in Palmdale.
The crash occurred around 12:10 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, on Palmdale Boulevard, west of 70th Street East, authorities said.
The pedestrian was walking westbound on Palmdale Boulevard, in the westbound traffic lane, when he was struck by a 2015 Freightliner SD122, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
“Due to [the pedestrian] walking within lanes of traffic on Palmdale Boulevard, [the big rig] was unable to avoid a collision,” the CHP report states.
The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released pending next of kin notification, according to the CHP report.
“The involvement of alcohol and/or drugs is unknown at this time and is still under investigation,” the CHP report states.
The rig’s driver, 30-year-old Alexander Tapia of Littlerock, was not injured in the collision.
“This is the 16 person killed so far this year in Antelope Valley CHP jurisdiction (SR-14 and unincorporated Los Angeles County). You can help us prevent these senseless deaths by obeying all traffic signs and signals, obeying the speed limit, not driving or walking impaired and always wearing your seatbelt,” CHP officials stated in the report.
Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact Officer M. Sandoval at the Antelope Valley CHP Office at 661-948-8541.
UPDATE: The deceased has been identified as 37-year-old Zebulun Hogue.