BENICIA (CBS SF) — Authorities have identified the pedestrian who was fatally struck by a Benicia police officer on patrol early Wednesday morning.
The Solano County Coroner on Wednesday afternoon identified the man killed in the early morning collision as 48-year-old Scott Hamers.
According to Benicia police, the incident took place at about 2 a.m. in the 1900 block of East 2nd Street near the off- and on-ramps to I-780. An on-duty officer was driving down East 2nd Street when he struck the pedestrian with his patrol car.
“I just hit a pedestrian,” the officer can be heard saying on dispatch recordings, calling for help moments after striking the man not far from the Interstate 780 on-ramp.
Paramedics were immediately called and life-saving efforts were undertaken. Unfortunately, Hamers died at the scene.
“This is a tragic incident for all involved,” Interim Chief Mike Greene said. “Our deepest condolences go out to the victim’s family and loved ones.”
The identity of the pedestrian is still unknown. He appears to be a white man, between 30 to 40 years old. The Solano County Coroner’s Office will attempt to identify the man and notify his next of kin.
Investigators said the officer was not responding to a call for service at the time of the collision. He was not injured.
The officer was immediately removed from the scene and the collision investigation was taken over by the California Highway Patrol and the Solano County District Attorney’s Office.
The collision area was closed off to traffic for several hours to accommodate the investigation.
The accident scene is about half a mile from the Benicia Police headquarters. Investigators were looking at surveillance video from a gas station at the scene.