RICHMOND, Utah, June 7, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — An 89-year-old man died after he tried to retrieve his dog from a road in Richmond and was hit by a car Thursday morning, officials said.
Utah Highway Patrol officials said in a news release the deceased has been identified as Marvin A. Traveller, from Richmond.
Cache County Sheriff’s dispatch was notified at 7:45 a.m. of an auto-pedestrian crash on State Route 142 at Main Street, eastbound, near milepost 17 or 400 West, the news release said.
A 2011 Gold Chevy Cruze driven by a 24-year-old man was eastbound on SR-142, where the speed limit is 40 mph.
When the driver came near the intersection of 400 West and S.R.-142, he said he saw a dog running in the roadway and a man walking west on the south side of the street, near the edge of the roadway.
“When the driver saw the dog run into the roadway, then back toward the south side of the roadway, the driver started to move left of center, and then back toward the right when the dog appeared to be out of the road,” the news release said.
The pedestrian was distracted by the dog he was with, and was walking west toward 400 West on the south side of S.R.-142 near the edge of the roadway, the news release said.
He then stepped north, into the path of the vehicle, because he was distracted by the dog and did not realize the car was coming or was so close.
Traveller was transported to Logan Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The dog, which was not on a leash, was not injured.
Richmond is approximately six miles north of Smithfield.
Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.