Police continue to investigate South Haven man hit on highway

Police continue to investigate South Haven man hit on highway. FILE-WWMT

A 20-year-old man is dead after he was hit by a car while walking in South Haven last night. It happened around 11:30 p.m. on Blue Star Memorial Highway.

He was struck and killed while crossing Blue Star Highway, and the driver told police he didn't see the man.

It took South Haven Emergency Services first responders just minutes to arrive on scene, but it was too late.

"We were almost there immediately and began to resuscitate with no success," said Sgt. Michael Pauly of the South Haven Police Department.

The victim was pronounced dead shortly after being struck by the car while trying to cross Blue Star Highway. Police said he was wearing dark colored clothing.

“After interviewing the driver, he didn't see the gentleman until he was on the hood of his car and it sounds like he popped off the median right in front of the car,” said Sgt. Pauly. “The best we can tell the collision happened on the roadway, it wasn't on the shoulder, it wasn't on the median.”

Police said the man was walking to a nearby apartment complex when was he struck.

Investigators said the roadway is not well-lit, causing darkness to be a factor.

They also said moments before the collision, the victim was looking the other direction from on-coming traffic.

A neighbor said he often sees pedestrians crossing this stretch of highway late at night.

"I've almost hit people before you see them at the last second when they're wearing dark clothes," said Jim McCloughan.

The driver, a man in his 50's, has cooperated with investigators and is not facing any charges. He has voluntarily given blood samples and his cell phone to investigators. The phone will be analyzed to make sure driver wasn't distracted behind the wheel.

The victim's identity is not being released.

According to police, the victim relocated to South Haven from Illinois a few weeks ago.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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