The man killed in a McDonald’s drive-thru accident in Bakersfield, California, has been identified. In updates made to the accident report on Wednesday, October 7th, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as Timothy Wayne Skaggs, 53.
The crash happened on Sunday night, October 4th, in the northwestern part of the city. The Bakersfield Police said it occured around 10:30 p.m. at the drive-thru at Coffee Road and Hageman Road.
A police spokesperson said that facts gathered from the scene showed that Skaggs was lying in the drive-thru area when the vehicle struck him. He was reportedly a transient who refused to leave and laid down in the drive-thru.
At the scene, the responding officer used a jack to lift the vehicle from the victim and pronounced him dead. The investigation into the occurrence is ongoing, and there’s no additional information.
Accidents of this nature are classified as auto-pedestrian, and it is one of the leading causes of crash-related deaths in California. Common causes are negligence of drivers and pedestrians, and disobedience of traffic rules and regulations.
The safety of pedestrians and drivers is a two-way street that takes the combined effort of both parties. The two must promote safe road behaviors and follow safety guidelines released by the California Office of Traffic Safety.
The guidelines include wearing bright colors for visibility, carrying a flashlight at night, using designated crossing areas, and avoiding dangerous behaviors like jaywalking. Others are maintaining the speed limit, stopping at crosswalks, and yielding the way to pedestrians.
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