UPDATE: Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Pickup Truck in Walla Walla Identified

UPDATE: An 81-year-old Walla Walla man died this morning after being struck by a pickup while crossing Poplar Street near Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Rojelio Rios was struck and dragged while attempting to cross Poplar Street northbound at the intersection of 7th Avenue.  Mr. Rios was in the marked crosswalk at the time of the accident.  Officers and paramedics were dispatched to the scene at 9:00 a.m. and arrived less than two minutes later.  Mr. Rios had succumbed to his injuries by the time they arrived.

The vehicle that struck Rios was a 1989 Ford F250 pickup, driven by a 51 year old Walla Walla man.  The driver was making a left hand turn eastbound onto Poplar from 7th Avenue.  It is believed the driver’s ability to see Rios in the crosswalk was reduced due to the position of the sun at that time of day.

Poplar Street was closed to all traffic for about 3 hours while collision investigators worked the scene.  No citations have been issued to the driver of the pickup at this time.