Sacto 9-1-1
January 24, 2013
Pedestrian hit by pickup crossing highway in Grass Valley

A Grass Valley man was injured this evening when he was struck by a pickup truck while trying to cross Nevada City Highway on foot.

Grass Valley officers responded about 7:30 p.m. to a report of a traffic accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian in the southbound lanes of Nevada City Highway.

A preliminary investigation determined that Michael Damon Race Romero, 23, was crossing the highway from east to west when he was struck by a southbound 1994 Mazda pickup driven by William Fike, 20, of Nevada County, according to a Police Department news release.

Romero was taken by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Police said his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Fike was not injured and was released at the scene after talking with police.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, but police said Fike was not found to be speeding, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They said Romero's dark clothing and decision to cross in an unsafe section of the highway, along with poor weather conditions, were contributing factors.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Grass Valley Police Department at (530) 477-4600.

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