An unidentified 65-year-old pedestrian died after being struck by a pickup truck driven by an allegedly drunken driver in Quartz Hill early Wednesday, officials said.
The collision took place just before 1:10 a.m. on 50th Street West, near Avenue M, California Highway Patrol Officer Rebecca Thomas said.
The pickup truck was heading south along 50th Street at about 40 mph when it struck the male victim, who was walking southbound in the roadway directly in front of the truck, CHP officials said. Paramedics pronounced the badly injured man dead at the scene.
The victim was linked to an address near where he was killed, but authorities were investigating whether he was homeless, CHP Officer J. Helble said on scene.
The driver of the involved 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck remained at the scene, Thomas said. After conducting a field sobriety test, the investigating officer determined the driver was intoxicated and arrested him, officials said.
Tanner Peters, 24, of Littlerock was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI, according to the CHP.
Video from the scene showed the truck’s hood and front end were crushed. The vehicle had a Texas license plate.
DUI-related crashes that cause injuries or death are generally viewed as felonies, authorities said. But investigators were looking into the possibility that the pedestrian was the person at fault in the collision.
Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials are expected to review the evidence and file charges in the coming days, authorities said.
Officers from the CHP’s Antelope Valley-area office are handling the investigation. Anyone with information can reach the office at 661-948-8541.
Peters’ bail was set at $15,000 pending his initial court appearance, Los Angeles County booking records show.