FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – The man hit and killed while working on his broken-down vehicle near Coalinga on Monday was identified by the Fresno County Coroner’s Office on Wednesday.
The victim was named as 76-year-old Geoffrey Balzer of Coos County Oregon.
CHP says around 11:00 p.m. Balzer was standing in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5, tending to his broken-down vehicle on the right shoulder.
According to CHP, a man in a 2015 Peterbilt tractor-trailer was traveling at around 55 miles-per-hour, approaching Balzer. The driver of the Peterbilt did not see the pedestrian in the roadway, and as a result, the Peterbilt hit the pedestrian.
Geoffrey Balzer was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Peterbilt reported no injuries.