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Suspected DUI Driver Kills Petaluma Pedestrian

PETALUMA – On Saturday night, a 42-year-old pedestrian died while crossing a street when a DUI driver hit him.

Police told that the accident happened at about 10:55 p.m. Cops were sent to investigate the accident involving a pedestrian near the Petaluma Library on East Washington Street and Fairgrounds Drive.

The cops found a man lying in the roadway and a white Mercedes utility van was stopped in the center of the road. The victim sustained life threatening injuries in the accident. He suffered serious injuries to his abdomen, chest and head trauma as well.

The victim was rushed to a hospital after giving emergency treatment on the scene, but he died in the hospital due to the severe injuries sustained earlier.

Individuals who saw the accident told that a pedestrian, who was dressed up in dark colored clothes, had begun crossing on East Washington Street in front of the oncoming Mercedes. The person behind the wheel of the Mercedes was driving at a high rate of speed in the 30 mph zone.

The driver of the Mercedes was identified as Scott Compton and the cops came to know that he had consumed alcohol a few hours before the accident.

His blood sample was taken for an intoxication test and he was taken into custody by the cops on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter. His bail was set at $25,000.

The name of the victim has not been made public, pending notification of his family.


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