Santa Rosa (March 20, 2019) – A pedestrian was struck and killed by a silver Chevrolet Cruze on Stony Point Road in Santa Rosa.
This is the fourth fatality on this road since last summer.
The man was crossing the road near Barndance Lance around 7 a.m. when the car struck him.
The force of the crash sent the man into a nearby mailbox, took one of his shoes off and his backpack got lodged into the car. The crash broke the windshield of the car and sustained front end damage.
The driver was Esteban Garcia Martinez, an 18-year-old resident in the Santa Rosa area. It was dark and raining heavily when he was driving northbound on Stony Point Road. Police believe he was travelling around 40 mph.
Several motorists witnessed the crash and called 911. When police got to the scene, they found the man lifeless in the roadway.
The victim was Richard Anthony Burns, a 53-year-old living in the Santa Ana area. Paramedics declared him deceased at the scene. Officials are conducting autopsies to see if drugs, or alcohol had any part in the accident.
Martinez was not under the influence at the time of the crash. Officials said Burns was not in a crosswalk when he was hit.
The accident closed many roads in the area and has been the location of multiple fatalities within the past year.
This roadway is a continuous problem because the sidewalk on the roadway ends. Also, there are no crosswalks for about a mile and the other side of the roadway has no sidewalk at all.
Officials are aware this road is becoming a deadly area for pedestrians. Yet, no plans are currently underway to change the current road conditions.
Source: CBS SF
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