Monday, January 26, 2015

EPD Investigating Fatal Broadway Crash

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 4:20 PM

A senior citizen was killed Sunday evening when he walked into traffic on Broadway and was hit by a Ford van, according to Eureka police.

Oudom Douangdoa, 72, of Eureka, was believed to be walking westbound across Broadway about 40 feet north of the intersection with McCullen Avenue at about 6:18 p.m. when he was struck by the van, according to an EPD press release. Medical personnel responded to the scene, but Douangdoa ultimately died of his injuries.

EPD Capt. Brian Stephens said the driver of the Ford van remained on scene after the accident and has been cooperative with the investigation. Stephens said police believe drugs and alcohol may have been a factor in this collision and that possible impairment of both the driver and Douangdoa are being investigated.

He asked that anyone with information about the accident call EPD traffic officer Dave Chapman at 441-4036. “Hopefully someone will come forward and help us out,” he said.

See the full EPD press release below:

On January 23, 2015, at about 6:18 p.m., Eureka Police officers along with Humboldt Bay Fire and City Ambulance responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision on Broadway near McCullen Avenue. Upon arrival, medical personnel located an unconscious male subject, began CPR and transported him to St. Joseph Hospital. The pedestrian, identified as Oudom Douangdoa, 72 of Eureka, succumbed to his injuries.

The preliminary investigation has lead the Traffic Accident Investigators to believe Douangdoa was walking westbound across Broadway approximately 40 feet north of the intersection with McCullen Avenue when he was struck by a full size Ford van that was traveling north on Broadway.

Drugs and alcohol appear to be a factor in this collision

This is an active and ongoing investigation and EPD is asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision or the events immediately before or after the collision to contact Traffic Officer Dave Chapman at 707-441-4036.

No further information is available at this time.  

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