Man, 74, Struck and Killed by Car in Spring Valley, California

Posted on Jul 11, 2011

July 11, 2011, Spring Valley, Calif. -- A 74-year-old La Mesa, Calif., resident was killed after he was struck by a vehicle while he was walking alongside State Route 125 in Spring Valley, has reported.

The accident, which happened at Spring Street on Route 125, took place at approximately 2 a.m. on Friday, July 1.

As the man walked along the highway, he was struck by a 2010 Hyundai Accent. His legs were severed, and he was thrown into the windshield of the car.

The driver of the Hyundai, Harold Mittleman, 46, of Lemon Grove, was so panicked by the accident that he continued driving home, even though the man's dismembered body was still lodged in the vehicle.

Mittleman made an emergency call to report the accident and submitted to a sobriety test.

According to California Highway Police, Mittleman did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

It remains unclear as to why the man was walking along the highway. His name is being withheld until next of kin is notified. Mittleman told authorities that he didn't have time to take evasive action because he came upon the man so quickly.

Lanes were closed until about 4:30 a.m., at which time they re-opened for traffic. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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