Deputies say driver struck and killed pedestrian in Hazel Dell
VANCOUVER, Wash. – A pedestrian was hit and killed in Hazel Dell Thursday morning, according to the Clack County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies and emergency medical personnel responded to the incident in the 10700 block of Northeast Highway 99 at 6:07 a.m.
"I heard a thump," neighbor Don Callahan, who was stunned to hear the driver who hit the pedestrian sped away, said. "That's kind of not right. The crash probably shook him up. I don't know, I would have stopped."
When deputies arrived, they found 42-year-old Dylan J. Digiulio, of Vancouver, lying in the roadway. Medics tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses said two people were crossing the highway across from Lyle’s Village Pantry when one fell in the roadway.
Surveillance video from two nearby businesses confirm what witnesses told crash investigators.
In the video you can see Digiulio leave the convenience store with another person, then run eastbound across Highway 99 toward the trailer park where neighbors say he lived.
Digiulio appears to fall to the pavement just before a small SUV hits him. The southbound vehicle that hit Digiulio fled the scene, witnesses said.
The driver of the vehicle called 911 a short time later and is cooperating with the investigation.
Deputies later identified the driver as 29-year-old Jeffrey A. Hill, of Vancouver. He was driving a 2014 Ford Escape.
Neighbors say a lot of people avoid a nearby stoplight controlled crosswalk because it takes so long to get back-and-forth across the highway.
"It takes about three minutes," said Tom DeGrandpre. "When you get across the street over there and back, it takes 10 minutes to get that way and that way and back. So a lot of people, they just go straight across the street."
The Clark County Sheriff's Office said Hill is cooperating with their investigation.