El Paso Man Killed While Checking on Injured Dog
EL PASO, TX – El Paso Police say an elderly man was struck and killed by a passerby along S. Mesa Hills Tuesday night. The man had pulled off to the side to check on an injured dog when he was hit, according to KTSM.
Richard Applegren, 80, of Minnetonka, MN was driving a 2012 Honda Odyssey when he may have hit a dog on the road on Mesa Hills. Police believe that Applegren pulled over to the right lane to get out and check on the injured animal in the left lane.
Police said at that time, a 20-year-old driver of a 2008 Mazda CX9 was driving north on S. Mesa Hills when he saw the injured dog and moved to the right to avoid hitting the animal, but instead hit Applegren and his parked van.
Applegren was taken to University Medical Center where he died.
EPPD’s STI unit says a series of events including failure to control speed on behave of the Mazda driver, the dog in the roadway, and pedestrian in the roadway are all contributing factors in this deadly crash.
The spokesperson for EPPD says a private citizen took the injured dog to an animal clinic and could not provide additional information on the condition of the dog.