PERRIS – An elderly pedestrian walking with his grandson was killed when he was struck by an SUV on a busy Perris road Saturday, April 1. The victim was struck just before midnight, while crossing at the intersection of Ramona Expressway and Center Street. The man was crossing the intersection “against a red light” according to officials.
Coroner officials later identified the victim as Brian Lillie, 70, of Riverside. According to officials, Lillie died about ten minutes after he was struck, at 12:08 a.m.
Emergency first responders were dispatched to the scene of the fatal accident after witnesses called 911 to report the vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision.
When they arrived, officials found Lillie in the roadway. He had sustained major traumatic injuries and despite life-saving efforts was pronounced dead at the scene.
Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Perris Police Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.
During their investigation, deputies determined Lillie was was walking with his grandson when the pair attempted to cross Ramona Expressway.
“The grandson was able to make it safely across the Expressway,” Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant J.P. Strang explained, “but the grandfather was struck by a GMC Envoy traveling eastbound.”
Although the pair were within the marked cross walk when Lillie was struck, they were crossing the street “against the red light,” Strang said after the deadly crash.
A portion of the eastbound lanes of Ramona Expressway near the fairgrounds were temporarily closed while deputies conducted their investigation. The roadway was reopened to through traffic several hours later.
Anyone with information on this investigation is encouraged to call Deputy Grimm at the Perris Sheriff’s Station, (951) 210-1000. Callers can refer to incident file number PE170910147 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.