Updated: Minivan strikes pedestrian in West El Paso, man dies on scene

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 8:17am

Update: This afternoon Local 4 News cameras caught El Paso police checking a silver vehicle that matches the description of the car that hit Bullard. Red taped surrounded the area where the car was parked at an apartment complex in west El Paso off of Shadow Mountain. El Paso police would not confirm is it was indeed the vehicle that hit Bullard.


Update with ID

The El Paso Police Departments Special Traffic Investigators have learned that 48-year-old Trenton Bullard was in the northbound lanes of N. Mesa when he was struck by a vehicle, described only as silver in color. That vehicle did not stop to help, but officers did locate the vehicle on Tuesday, as well as the driver.

Two other vehicles, a Red Fiat and a Blue Toyota struck Bullard while he was still in the northbound lanes of Mesa. The drivers of the Fiat and Toyota remained at the scene.

Bullard was not in a crosswalk and investigators have not yet determined why Bullard was in the roadway. Bullard died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Any person with information on the silver vehicle that fled the scene is asked to contact police at 915-832-4400 or to remain anonymous you may contact Crime Stoppers of El Paso at 915-566-8477.

This is the 29th traffic related death of 2013 compared to 31 at this time in 2012.

This is the 9th pedestrian death of 2013.

El Paso Police Detective Mike Baranyay identified the victim in Tuesday night's deadly pedestrian as a man, but a name or age has not been released.

According to Baranyay, the victim was in a lane of traffic along N. Mesa and was not in a crosswalk when he was hit by a minivan. The driver of the van remained on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

Several other vehicles and witnesses also remained on the scene to assist with the investigation, including a Sun Metro bus. The bus was not involved in the accident, but Baranyay said it could help with the investigation.

"The bus is being held here for evidentiary purposes. Buses do have cameras all around the bus so hopefully the investigators will be able to obtain some video, maybe give them some more insight into what led to the crash," said Baranyay.

Baranyay said it is possible that the victim may have been struck by more than one vehicle, but also said investigators would determine that.

The crash happened about an hour and a half after a woman was killed in a different deadly pedestrian accident in South El Paso.



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