POSTED: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 10:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 8:04am
EL PASO, TX (KTSM) — UPDATE: Tuesday afternoon NewsChannel 9 cameras caught El Paso Police checking a silver vehicle that matches the description of the car that hit Bullard. Red tape surrounded the area where the car was parked at an apartment complex in west El Paso off of Shadow Mountain Drive. El Paso Police would not confirm is it was indeed the vehicle that hit Bullard.
UPDATE WITH ID:
The El Paso Police Department's 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 police did locate the driver and vehicle on Tuesday.
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 Monday night's deadly pedestrian crash 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 has cooperated with the investigation.
Several other vehicles and witnesses also stayed at the crash site to help with the investigation, including a Sun Metro bus driver. 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 investigation on Mesa will be delayed because Special Traffic Investigators, STI, were still on the scene of another deadly pedestrian accident that happened about an hour and a half earlier at 8:15 p.m. on Paisano and San Marcial in South El Paso. Baranyay said either a second team would be sent out, or they would have to wait for the team to wrap in South El Paso.
Police closed off N. Mesa between Castellano and Mesa Park while they waited for STI to arrive. The closure lasted until the early morning hours Tuesday. Drivers had to find an alternate route.
El Paso Police investigated another deadly crash Monday night, this one happening at the intersection of Mesa and Castellano in west El Paso.
The crash happened around 9:45 p.m.
Shortly after the crash, police had not yet been able to determine if speed or alcohol were factors.
The investigation continued throughout Monday night.
Earlier in the evening, another deadly crash claimed the life of a woman in south El Paso.