Authorities ID pedestrian killed in Tahoe collision |

Authorities ID pedestrian killed in Tahoe collision

Staff Report

The pedestrian who was struck and killed by a vehicle while jaywalking across Lake Tahoe Boulevard Saturday has been identified.

Robert Parks, a 32-year-old resident of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was the pedestrian, Jake Groen, a detective with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed Wednesday.

Multiple media outlets described Parks as avid outdoorsman who was reportedly hiking the Pacific Crest Trail — a long distance trail stretching from Mexico to Canada.

According to police, Parks was running across Lake Tahoe Boulevard when he was hit by a Toyota Prius, which was driven by a 33-year-old man from San Jose, California, around 11:23 p.m. Saturday.

The scene of the collision was approximately 100 yards away from a marked crosswalk at Lake Tahoe Boulevard and Carson Avenue.

Parks was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery and died.

The driver has cooperated with law enforcement in its investigation, and neither alcohol nor other drugs are suspected of playing a role.

An autopsy on Parks has yet to be performed and the case is still under investigation, according to Groen.