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Truck collides with pedestrian

A Grass Valley man reportedly walked into traffic in an apparent attempt to kill himself Monday afternoon on Highway 49 near the Golden Chain Resort Motel.

The unidentified man, said to be in his late 40s, was seriously injured when a black Ford F250 truck struck him, after the drivers of two other cars had successfully swerved to avoid the man. According to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, he was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for treatment.

According to an employee, the man arrived at the motel on the 13000 block of Highway 49 sometime before 1:15 p.m. to talk with his daughter who works as a housekeeper there.



“They were talking outside and he just walked into traffic,” said motel General Manager Steve Burton after the incident. “(His daughter) is just really distraught.”

Nevada County Sheriff Sgt. Jim Casci would not release the name of the man pending notification of next of kin.




“We have a few more calls to make,” Casci said.

Casci said that like the two cars that swerved to avoid the man in the northbound lane, the driver of the Ford truck slowed and swerved but was unsuccessful in avoiding him.

“From the witness statements, we’ve determined it was a deliberate act,” Casci said. “He was despondent over family issues.”

Casci said the man’s injuries were serious enough for him to be airlifted by helicopter from the nearby Christian Life Center to the trauma center at Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

After the collision, Burton said, he had to control traffic on the highway for approximately an hour to allow emergency vehicles onto the shoulder and keep traffic flowing.

Casci said the man will not be cited for endangering the lives of others because of his mental state at the time of the incident.

“Because of his state of mind, he was not responsible for his actions,” Casci said. “After he is released from the hospital, his family will be responsible for seeking any treatment for him.”

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To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@theunion.com or call 477-4236.


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