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91-year-old man killed crossing Highway 49 in Grass Valley

Grass Valley woman, 95, saw him ‘at the last second’
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A 95-year-old woman driving a Chevrolet Camaro northbound on Highway 49 struck a 91-year-old Grass Valley man who was crossing the street, and he was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday afternoon, said California Highway Patrol Lt. David Qualls. Stella Pattie of Grass Valley had no passengers and she was uninjured after the 12:36 p.m. collision at the intersection of Highway 49 and La Barr Meadows Road between Grass Valley and Auburn, Qualls said. The intersection is under construction and traffic lights are being installed, he said. “The driver stated that she saw him at the last second, attempted to brake and immediately struck him,” said Qualls, commander of the CHP’s Grass Valley office. “Apparently he was looking at the southbound traffic, stepped out into the northbound lane, and got hit.” Police are still investigating, but there was no indication that Pattie was under the influence of any prescription drugs or alcohol and she has not been charged with anything, he said. “It does not appear that she was doing anything wrong at the time of the collision,” Qualls said. The condition of the man when he walked into the street is still under investigation, he said. He was alone at the time, Qualls added. Police had not released the man’s name Tuesday. The intersection where the collision took place is currently under construction, and Pattie had been driving the posted speed limit, between 40 and 45 mph, Qualls said, adding that there was no indication her speed was an issue. “The intersection is being improved with traffic lights,” he said. “They have not been activated yet; it is an active construction zone.” Two of the highway’s four lanes are closed during the construction, and that stretch of road through a residential area is flat and level with clear visibility, Qualls said. Highway 49’s northbound traffic had been diverted onto La Barr Meadows Road, while southbound drivers were directed around the scene of the collision, he said. “The highway patrol would like to remind people to please obey the posted speed limits in construction zones and be very cognizant of pedestrian traffic,” Qualls said. “While we were standing out there, we almost got hit by a car … someone that is going five miles an hour that should have seen you but was distracted by everything that was happening.” Jon Schultz can be reached at jons@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jon_AJNews