Riverside police are seeking the public’s help identifying a motorist who struck and killed a 67-year-old pedestrian on the west end of the city.
The investigation into the death of Riley Froom of Riverside is close to two months old, and Riverside Police Department Traffic Bureau detectives have exhausted leads in the case, unable to find the driver involved in the alleged hit-and-run.
Agency spokesman Officer Ryan Railsback said that about 5:50 p.m. on Nov. 16, Froom was at the intersection of Indiana Avenue and Monroe Street when he attempted to traverse Indiana from north to south.
The victim made it across westbound lanes, but when he reached the eastbound side of the street, he stepped off of the curb and was hit by a Nissan Altima, whose driver did not stop.
Investigators have since determined that Froom was at fault, Railsback said, because the victim tried “crossing the street outside a marked crosswalk.”
However, the motorist was bound by law to immediately stop, and by failing to do so, he violated the California Vehicle Code, turning the fatality into a potential felony hit-and-run, according to police.
Froom died at the scene.
Railsback said that the Nissan was white and manufactured between 2013 and 2018. He said it’s likely the sedan sustained damage to “the front left bumper, headlight, fender and wheel area, as well as the driver’s side mirror.”
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Traffic Bureau at 951-826-8720.