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Man struck, killed while crossing highway near Canyon Lake


Last updated 3/20/2019 at 2:44pm

CANYON LAKE - A pedestrian was struck and killed while crossing a four-lane highway just north of Canyon Lake, by a motorist who remains at large on Wednesday, Maarch 20 authorities said.

The hit-and-run happened about 8 p.m. Tuesday on state Route 74, just west of Greenwald Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officer Mike Lassig said the victim, identified only as a 65-year-old Perris man, was possibly inebriated when he attempted to cross from the north shoulder of the highway to the center median.

Lassig said the man, clad in a black hoodie sweatshirt, blue jeans and dark blue shoes, was hit as he stepped into the fast lane on the westbound side of the 74.

The motorist did not stop. Occupants of a passing vehicle discovered the victim in the roadway and called 911.

When officers attempted to speak with the victim in the back of an ambulance at the scene, they "detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person,'' Lassig said.

The gravely injured man was taken Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, where he died shortly after 9 p.m.

Anyone who may know anything about the hit-and-run was urged to contact the Temecula CHP office at (951) 506-2000.


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