Pedestrian stuck along Soscol Avenue

A 68-year-old Napa man was killed after being struck by a pickup truck while crossing Soscol Avenue in central Napa on Thursday morning, according to Napa Police. 

Police said that the man, identified as John Wilber Stewart, was walking across Soscol from the Central Valley store toward Napa Valley Car Wash between Jackson and Tanen streets just before 11 a.m. when he was struck by a four-door Chevy Silverado pickup truck. Stewart sustained major injuries and was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center. 

At 1:30 p.m., police reported that the pedestrian had succumbed to his injuries and been pronounced dead at the hospital. 

Stewart, who served on the Los Carneros Water District Board, resided in the Las Amigas area of Napa, according to the Napa County Sheriff's Office. He was a former general manager of Napa Sanitation District.

An accident reconstruction team investigated the incident Thursday afternoon. The northbound lanes of Soscol were closed between Imperial Way and Vallejo Street while they processed the scene. The roadway was reopen by 3:20 p.m. 

The driver of the full-size pickup stopped at the scene, police said. Police do not believe that alcohol or drugs were a factor. 

There is no crosswalk where the pedestrian crossed the street, police said. 

Anyone with information related to this incident is being asked to contact Traffic Officer Aaron Medina at amedina@cityofnapa.org

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Maria Sestito is the former Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She now writes for the Register as a freelancer.