Sacto 9-1-1
July 31, 2011
Coroner lists June traffic fatality as a homicide

A pedestrian who died Saturday after he was struck by a van last month in Citrus Heights has been listed as a homicide victim by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

Leonard Lambeth, 76, was hit by the vehicle around 3 a.m. on June 27 outside his apartment complex in the 7700 block of Greenback Lane.

Citrus Heights police Sgt. Chad Courtney said somebody other than the victim threw an object at the van, which prompted it to stop, back up and then strike Lambeth, who was either crossing the street or standing on the sidewalk.

A witness said the driver took off after hitting Lambeth, according to Courtney. Information provided by the witness helped police identify the driver. Courtney said investigators responded to the call as a hit-and-run. He said police not releasing the driver's name.

Courtney said detectives have "no proof of intent" on the unidentified driver's part. He said they plan to reinterview the driver this week.

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