Elderly pedestrian killed in collision

An 83-year-old pedestrian who was talking to a driver stopped on a rural roadway was killed late Tuesday afternoon.

The driver of a northbound vehicle in the 3000 block of East Sequim Bay Road struck Denis E. Body at about 5 p.m. on Nov. 23 as Body was stepping away from a driver sitting in the southbound lane, according to the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.

Body lived in the 2600 block of East Sequim Bay Road, Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King said.

Sheriff’s Sgt. John Keegan said the northbound driver was blinded by the parked vehicle’s headlights.

“As the northbound vehicle approached, the pedestrian attempted to get out of the roadway, but only made it to the middle of the northbound lane when he was struck at about 30 miles per hour,” Keegan said in a press release.

Body was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Keegan said.

King said Body was struck by the 74-year-old male driver of a 1996 Ford Ranger pickup.

Sheriff’s Office investigators were at the collision scene this morning while the fatality remains under review, King said, adding it does not appear that speed or impaired driving were factors.

“It’s a dark, rural county road,” he said.

“A lot of those county rural roads, people tend to stop and talk, or walk their dog. There’s a wall of light created by a vehicle facing you. It’s just a tough situation.”