SANTA ROSA (KRON/BCN) — A Santa Rosa man in his mid-60s was killed Friday morning when he was struck by an SUV on northbound U.S. Highway 101 near the Baker Avenue exit in Santa Rosa, the California Highway Patrol said.
Around 7:40 a.m. the victim was crossing Highway 101 on foot when a dark blue 2011 Hyundai Sonata struck him in the northbound carpool lane. He came to rest in the center lane and was later pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP.
A 26-year-old Santa Rosa woman was driving the Sonata. Officers said she stopped at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Drugs and alcohol are not thought to have been a factor, according to the CHP.
The man had been asked to leave a nearby Denny’s restaurant shortly before his death and dispatchers received a number of calls reporting a pedestrian on the freeway roughly five minutes before the crash, according to the CHP.
The Sonoma County coroner’s office is withholding the victim’s name pending notification of next of kin.