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Pedestrian likely texting when struck and killed by big rig

February 24, 2012 |  8:35 pm

The post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

A Pico Rivera man is believed to have been texting when he was fatally struck by a big rig in Downey, the coroner’s office said Friday.

Daniel Malloy, 34, was walking east across Lakewood Boulevard about 8 p.m. Tuesday when a Freightliner tractor-trailer turning right from Rosecrans Avenue struck him, authorities said.

Los Angeles County paramedics transported him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The case is still under investigation, according to Downey Police Sgt. Daniel Samano.

“Doing anything distracting when you’re walking in traffic is a not a safe thing to do,” Samano said.

[For the record, 10:07 p.m., Feb. 24: An earlier version of this post said the tractor-trailer was turning right onto Rosecrans Avenue.]

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