Man struck, killed crossing highway in Homeland

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HOMELAND (CNS) – A 35-year-old man was struck and killed Friday, Oct. 16 when he attempted to cross an unlit segment of Highway 74 in Homeland.
The fatality happened just after midnight this morning on the four-lane corridor, just east of Sultanas Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officer Mike Lassig said that the victim, identified only as a Hemet resident, was nowhere near a marked crosswalk when he started across the highway.
As he stepped into the eastbound lanes, a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze driven by a 19-year-old Hemet woman approached the location at an undetermined speed and hit the pedestrian, Lassig said.
“This … occurred during the hours of darkness, and there are no street lights in the immediate area,” Lassig said. “The driver did not see the pedestrian crossing in front of her vehicle and struck him.”
The motorist, who was not hurt, immediately stopped and called 911.
Riverside County Fire Department paramedics arrived within a few minutes and pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene.
The woman was screened for possible impairment but was confirmed not to be under the influence, according to Lassig. No citations were issued.
The investigation is ongoing.