Pedestrian killed by van in Tahoe Donner |

Pedestrian killed by van in Tahoe Donner

A 27-year-old man was hit and killed by a van early Sunday morning in Tahoe Donner.

Guy Owens, a 27-year-old from Cloverdale, Calif., was walking downhill on the west shoulder of Northwoods Boulevard just south of Fjord Road at 12:38 a.m. when he was struck by the van, according to the Truckee Police Department. Emergency crews took the man to Tahoe Forest Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say Owens had been drinking and was dressed in dark clothing when he was hit. The level of alcohol in his blood will not be determined until toxicology reports are complete, which can take six to eight weeks, according to the Nevada County Coroner’s Office.

The collision occurred at a curve in the road, said Police Chief Scott Berry.

Police are investigating the speed of the vehicle and whether the collision occurred in the road or on the shoulder. There are snowbanks on that section of road, police said.

There was no indication that the driver of the van was intoxicated at the time of accident, police said. The driver, who is a Truckee resident, has been cooperating with police during the investigation of the accident.

Whether charges are filed against the driver will be determined after the investigation, police said.

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