The following is a press release issued by the California Highway Patrol. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 2/19/2023 at approximately 7 PM a Lakeport Police Officer was driving eastbound on Eleventh St near North St when they observed a Beige 2002 Chevy Tahoe collide with a pedestrian that was walking westbound in the roadway on Eleventh St. The Lakeport Police Officer immediately requested emergency medical aid for the involved parties and blocked the westbound lane of Eleventh St with their patrol vehicle.
Unfortunately, despite lifesaving efforts, the pedestrian was declared dead at the scene. The driver of the Tahoe was contacted on scene and was determined to not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The driver was also determined to not have been driving their vehicle in an unsafe manner at the time of the collision.
It will not be known if drugs or alcohol were a factor with the pedestrian until completion of a coroner’s investigation including toxicology testing.
The name of the involved parties is not being released at this time pending notification of the decedent’s next of kin.
Driving is the most dangerous activity of our lives. Yet sidewalks and new paint and street lights in our rural counties is never a priority. For all our technology, we are still rolling around in a bullet everyday.