Pedestrians, 71 and 85, killed in separate accidents along same section of Hwy 74
HOMELAND — Two elderly pedestrians, ages 71 and 85, were killed along Hwy 74 in the unincorporated community of Homeland after they were struck by vehicles in two separate accidents that happened within days of each other this week. Although few details have been released regarding either of the fatal collisions, both are suspected to have involved drivers who fled the scenes afterward.
The first deadly accident happened Aug. 2, near Olson Ave; while the second fatal accident happened last night, Aug. 8, near Agnew Ave. The two locations are both within the 31000 block of SR-74 west of Valero Gas Station, and less than a tenth of a mile apart, where there is sparse lighting and no crosswalks.
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The first collision happened last Friday and left Milton Horkey, 71, of Homeland, deceased at the scene. Although it has not yet been determined what time Horkey was fatally struck, a coroner’s release has since indicated Horkey’s body was discovered in the roadway around 3:39 a.m., at which time medical personnel pronounced him deceased.
It is unclear if Horkey was attempting to cross the highway or had been within the lanes of travel when he was fatally struck, all of which is part of CHP’s ongoing investigation.
The second fatal accident happened last night, Aug. 8, around 8:20 p.m., and killed an 85-year-old Romoland resident. According to a preliminary coroner’s release that victim, who has not yet been publicly identified pending further investigation and notification of the man’s family, was pronounced deceased at the scene at 8:28 p.m.
CHP has since reported the as-yet unidentified victim was walking across SR-74 and was in the westbound, number one lane when he was struck by a white pickup – possibly a commercial or work truck – traveling at an unknown speed.
“The driver did not stop,” CHP Officer Mike Lassig has since reported.
“At that time of night, it’s not busy,” explained Lassig; saying, “The street lights are minimal.”
He said CHP is looking for witnesses and hoping the involved driver will show up at a local body shop to have their damaged truck repaired.
CHP is investigating both deadly accidents and their investigations are ongoing.
Anyone with information about either investigation or who witnessed either collision is encouraged to contact CHP – San Gorgonio Office at (951) 769-2000.
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