Menifee: Good Samaritan Helping Dog Struck & Killed on State Highway 74 Thursday

Officers from the Menifee Police Department responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian traffic collision on State Hwy 74 between Menifee Road and Briggs Road, in the city of Menifee on Thursday.

The preliminary investigation showed the pedestrian, an un-identified male, was travelling eastbound State Hwy 74, exited his vehicle to assist a dog in the roadway, and crossed the westbound lanes of traffic.

A car driven by another man, a 19-year-old resident of Hemet, was westbound on State Hwy 74. His vehicle was in the number one lane and collided into the man helping the dog.

The victim sustained major injuries and died at the scene. The driver of the involved vehicle was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. The driver was cooperative during the investigation and was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Menifee Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. State Hwy 74 between Menifee Road and Briggs Road was closed temporarily during this investigation. State Hwy 74 re-opened to traffic at 11:05 pm.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision and has not been interviewed is encouraged to call Officer Kiebach at the Menifee Police Department, (951) 210-1074.

Press Release Provided By the Riverside County Sheriffs Department