Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date December 12, 2005
Contact Sergeant Duane Beckman
Phone (951) 826-5237


Fatal Traffic Collision – Vehicle vs Pedestrian



Riverside, Ca- On December 12, 2005, at 5:19pm, a 48-year-old white male from Riverside was walking north across 3rd street between Franklin and Eucalyptus. He apparently stopped at the double yellow lines in the middle of the street and jumped backward into the #1 lane of eastbound 3rd Street. A 49-year-old Riverside woman, driving a 1989 Chevrolet Baretta east on 3rd Street, was unable to avoid the man and he was struck by the left front bumper of the car, which sent him over the hood and into the windshield. The impact threw the pedestrian into the #1 lane of opposing traffic, onto the roadway.

A 53-year-old San Bernardino man was driving his 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis in the #1 lane of westbound 3rd street at this time and was unable to swerve far enough to avoid running over the pedestrian, who was now trapped under the Grand Marquis.

Involved parties called 911 and Riverside Fire and Police arrived at the scene. Fire personnel were able to pull the man from under the vehicle and he was taken by ambulance to Riverside Community Hospital with major head and body trauma injuries. The Emergency Room staff pronounced him deceased as a result of his injuries.

Members of the Riverside Police Department’s (M.A.I.T.) Major Accident Investigation Team responded and the collision is under investigation.   Anyone with further information can contact Officer Greg Matthews at (951) 826-5235.