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Man struck, killed by truck while crossing street in Hemet

By in Press Enterprise on November 1, 2017

By Stephen Ramirez

Alcohol may have played a role in a crash in which a 53-year-old pedestrian was killed in Hemet after he was hit by a truck Tuesday, police said.

Robert Orrell, of Hemet, was struck while crossing the street by a 2005 Dodge pickup traveling south about 25 to 30 mph in the 100 block of Lyon Avenue near Florida Avenue, a police news release said. He was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead at 9:58 p.m., a Riverside County coroner’s report said.

The collision did not involve Halloween trick-or-treaters, the release said.

While the driver of the truck was not believed to be driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, evidence at the scene indicated alcohol may have played a role in Orrell’s actions.

A witness told police Orrell may have been talking to someone on the east side of the street and walking back and forth across the roadway.

Orrell was wearing dark clothing and walked in front of the truck, the release said.

Police arrived at 9:04 p.m. and Lyon Avenue was closed between Florida and Acacia avenues for about two hours.

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