A 17-year-old pedestrian killed when he was hit by an SUV in Pacifica as he walked home from school on Monday was identified today as Joshua Delacruz Salas, according to the San Mateo County coroner’s office. The SUV hit Salas in a crosswalk on state Highway 35, also known as Skyline Boulevard, near the intersection with Glencourt Way at 3:25 p.m., police said.
The SUV driver made a left turn onto Skyline from King Drive and didn’t see Salas in the crosswalk, Pacifica police Capt. Joe Spanheimer said today. Salas was pinned under the SUV and died at the scene. The SUV driver, a man in his mid 30s, stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation, Spanheimer said.
There was no indication he had been drinking or doing drugs. The boy’s mother tried to find him when he didn’t arrive home on time and encountered police at the collision scene. “It’s just tragic,” Spanheimer said. The road was shut down for hours while police investigated the case. The road reopened by about 9 p.m., according to police.
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