On October 14, 2022, at approximately 7:14 PM, a 55 year old truck driver from Stockton, CA had parked his semi-truck along the southbound shoulder of US-395 near Lee’s Frontier Gas Station, in the town of Lone Pine. The truck driver exited his vehicle and began walking east across US-395 toward a food truck located in a dirt parking lot located east of the highway. As the truck driver was walking across the northbound lanes, a 72 year old driver from Cambria, CA was driving a BMW X5 northbound along US-395 at a high rate of speed. The driver of the BMW failed to see the pedestrian walking across the highway. Due to the driver’s excessive speed, he was unable to avoid the pedestrian. The BMW struck the pedestrian within the northbound number two lane. The pedestrian came to rest along the northbound shoulder of US-395. The BMW sustained major damage and it came to rest just north of the crash scene. Personnel from Lone Pine CHP, Lone Pine Volunteer Fire Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, and Caltrans responded to the crash scene. The pedestrian succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the BMW was not injured. The identity of the pedestrian will be released by the Inyo County Coroner’s Office after notification of next of kin has been made. CHP wants to remind all motorists to follow posted speed limits and stay alert for pedestrians, especially when traveling through towns along Highway 395.
(From California Highway Patrol)