UPDATED 8/10/23: Justin Rhodes was not homeless, he was an Army veteran suffering from PTSD after two tour in Iraq, according to his family. View our updated article here.
LANCASTER – A possibly homeless man killed in Lancaster when he was struck by a car whose female driver tried to drive off was identified as 39-year-old Justin Rhodes, authorities said.
The incident occurred around 4:02 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, on Lancaster Boulevard just west of Valley Central Way, Lt. Mark Pope of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station told City News Service.
Rhodes died at the scene, according to Pope and the medical examiner’s office. His place of residence was not disclosed and he was believed to be homeless, officials said.
A woman stopped her car to allow what she believed to be homeless people cross the street when a man got up from a bus bench, hit her car, grabbed her door handle and tried to get in, a sheriff’s deputy told a source at the scene. The man was fatally injured when she tried to drive away, according to the deputy.
Sheriff’s officials did not identify the female driver, and an official statement on the circumstances surrounding the collision has not yet been released by the sheriff’s department. No further information was immediately available.