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UPDATE: Man hit by pickup in critical condition

Posted: January 7, 2013 11:43 a.m.
Updated: January 7, 2013 11:43 a.m.

Sheriff's deputies investigate the scene where a pedestrian was struck by a pickup truck at Via Princessa and Oak Ridge Drive in Saugus on Monday. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre

A 59-year-old man is clinging to life with serious head injuries today after being struck by a pickup truck in Saugus, a spokesman for the sheriff’s stations said.

The man is listed in critical condition at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Shortly after 8:40 a.m., the man was hit by a vehicle on Via Princess at Oak Ridge Drive, said Lt. Mark Hershey of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“The guy was crossing at the crosswalk on Via Princessa when a car, apparently making a left turn, must not have seen him and hit him,” Hershey said.

“He wasn’t hit hard but he must have hit his head on the ground. It’s serious right now,” he said.

The injured man was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to the scene at 8:44 a.m., said a spokesman for the department.

“We transported one individual to hospital at 8:59 a.m.,” he said.

According to investigators, a white Dodge Ram pickup truck turning westbound onto Via Princessa from Oak Ridge Drive struck the pedestrian in the crosswalk.

The pedestrian was crossing Via Princessa heading south from the north side of the street, Deputy Josh Dubin said in a media release.

The driver of the vehicle was also taken to a local area hospital to provide a blood sample, although drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the collision at this time, he said.

Local detectives are investigating the incident.

Anyone witnessing the incident is asked to contact Detective Travis Kelly (661) 255-1121.


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