Prius kills pedestrian in South Lake collision |

Prius kills pedestrian in South Lake collision

Staff Reports

A pedestrian was killed Saturday night on Lake Tahoe Boulevard after being hit by a Toyota Prius.

According to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, the 32-year-old man was running across the road at about 11:20 p.m. when he was struck by the driver of the hybrid.

The 33-year-old San Jose, Calif., driver said he didn’t see the man until it was too late to avoid the collision. He was travelling west at 35-40 mph in the highway’s slow lane. The speed limit on that portion of the road is 35 mph.

The driver immediately stopped to check on the pedestrian. He and his passenger were uninjured in the collision.

The pedestrian was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery, but succumbed to his injuries.

South Lake Tahoe Police are not identifying the man, who they say has ties to South Lake Tahoe and Idaho, pending notification of next of kin.

They did confirm that the man was crossing northbound outside of a crosswalk, from the area around Town and Country Center. The collision occurred 100 yards from the marked crosswalk at the intersection with Carson Avenue.

The driver is cooperating with police, and drug or alcohol intoxication is not suspected at this point.