A man on crutches carrying packages was struck and killed by a pickup early Friday morning on Shaw Avenue just west of Cedar Avenue.
The 6 a.m. crash caused a bottleneck for traffic near Fresno State during the morning commute.
The man was crossing the street between intersections in the dark when he was hit by the eastbound driver.
Police Lt. Joe Gomez said it appeared that the pedestrian, in his late 50s, was at fault in the collision but that the 61-year-old male driver, who was with his wife at the time, has a suspended license, and could be cited for being behind the wheel. He agreed to submit to a blood test, a routine procedure in fatal collisions.
The police department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit was at the scene of the crash and the right two lanes of eastbound Shaw were blocked east of Ninth Street for several hours.
It’s the 14th fatality involving pedestrians in the city this year, and the third of the week. At least eight of the collisions were the fault of the pedestrian, according to police.
Gomez said it is imperative to get the word out to pedestrians about just how difficult it can be for drivers to see them in the dark.