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Truck strikes, kills man kneeling in road, Citrus Heights police say

Sacramento Bee file

A man kneeling on Antelope Road in Citrus Heights was struck by a truck and killed Thursday night, police said.

The man, identified Friday by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as Victor Darian Lawless, 22, of Citrus Heights, was reportedly kneeling in the roadway west of Sunset Boulevard when Citrus Heights officers were called around 9:20 p.m.

In the minutes it took officers to arrive to the scene, Lawless was struck by a truck, a department news release said.

Responders found Lawless lying in the road with injuries consistent with being hit by a vehicle, police said. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District paramedics attempted life-saving measures, but Lawless died on the scene, the release said.

Neither speed nor driving under the influence appear to be a factor, the news release said. The driver of the truck was traveling westbound in a lawful manner in the No. 1 lane when the incident occurred. The driver immediately stopped and is cooperating with the investigation, police said.

Westbound Antelope Road from Sunrise Boulevard was closed for approximately four hours Thursday night following the incident.