A homeless man was killed when he was struck by a car near the intersection of Railroad Avenue and 11th Street in Newhall Sunday night.
The victim was identified as Cecilio Vasquez, and described as a 51-year-old homeless man, by Sarah Ardalani of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner – Coroner’s Office, late Monday morning.
The cause of death was “blunt trauma” and the incident has been ruled an accident, Ardelani said.
Firefighters received a call about a vehicle-vs.-pedestrian incident at 6:17 p.m., arriving on scene at 6:19 p.m., Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Ron Singleton told Signal reporter Matt Hernandez Sunday night.
Hernandez reported the following:
“We arrived on scene, and 10 minutes later the crew was available again with no call for additional transport,” Singleton said.
A vehicle carrying a driver and three teenage passengers collided with a pedestrian, according to witnesses on the scene who spoke to The Signal.
Sgt. Mike Konecny of the SCV Sheriff’s Station was able to confirm the location of the incident and the location of the fatality; however, no other information was available at that time.
Railroad Avenue was shut down with police tape, and witnesses indicated the driver of the vehicle is under investigation.
The vehicle involved in the collision was in the parking lot of the Old Town Newhall Library Sunday night with a smashed windshield and right bumper.