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MENIFEE, California — Steven Nunez, 17, of Corona was killed Friday night after a motorist struck him as he was walking on Domenigoni Parkway near Laguna Vista Drive, according to a report by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Nunez was transported by paramedics to the emergency room at Menifee Valley Medical Center where he later died of his injuries.

According to the police report, Nunez was walking east in the No. 2 lane facing westbound traffic on Domenigoni Parkway. A 30-year-old driver tried to avoid hitting the teenager and performed evasive maneuvers, but was not able to avoid the pedestrian crash.

About 11:10 p.m., Menifee Police officers arrived at the scene of the pedestrian accident and found Nunez was not responsive.

Traffic on the roadway was closed until 5 a.m. on Saturday morning as police conducted an investigation.

The investigation is continuing and anyone that may have witnessed the collision or may have further information is asked to call Officer Joshua Cail of the Menifee Police Department Traffic Division at (951)210-1000.

Riverside County Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Source: California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report

Pedestrians need to be especially cautious on our roadways because they are more vulnerable to injury or death. According to the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report there were 32 pedestrians killed and 349 injured in 2010 in Riverside County.

In California, there were 623 pedestrians killed and 12,668 injured in 2010, according to the CHP traffic report.

National data compiled by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Authority shows that pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the United States were up 4.9% in 2010 to 4,280 deaths and injuries were up 19% in 2010 to 70,000 people injured.

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