The Fresno man who was struck and killed by a driver in the early morning hours of Monday was identified Wednesday.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office says Hubert Mullins, 65, was struck and killed while illegally crossing the street in central Fresno.
At around 6 a.m., Fresno Police say the driver could not see Mullins in area of Shields and Cedar avenues due to him wearing dark clothing.
“His clothing and wheelchair are dark in color and at that hour unfortunately he was just not visible,” says Fresno Police Sgt. Eric Hodges.
According to police, nine pedestrians were killed by vehicles so far this year, in seven of those cases, the pedestrian was at fault.
“We continue to see the number rise in terms of pedestrian related fatalities in our city, and the number one answer is that of awareness,” says Chief of Police Jerry Dyer.
Mullins is believed to be homeless, the sheriff’s office says.
The driver remained on scene and will not face any criminal charges.