Texas: Joseph Palmatier charged with DWI drugs after striking and killing pedestrian in roadway

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Date: 11/16/2015       9:25 PM

Location: 8000 Yorktown Boulevard
Offense: Fatal Crash
Case Number: C1504984
Corpus Christi Police responded to the 8000 block of Yorktown Boulevard after a man that was walking in the roadway was hit by a vehicle.

When Officers arrived they found that the 30-year-old pedestrian had been struck by the 2013 Chevrolet truck had been killed.

Traffic Officers responded and the crash investigation revealed that the man was walking east on Yorktown Boulevard when the truck, also traveling east, struck him from behind and killed him.  The driver of the truck told Investigators that he did not see the man in the roadway until it was too late. Other witnesses also told Officers that they saw the man dart into the path of other vehicles before he was hit.

While investigating this case, Officers determined that the driver of the truck, Joseph Palmatier (01/27/1982), was under the influence of marijuana. He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

At this time, Traffic Officers continue to investigate this case and the driver has not been charged with any crimes in regards to the crash with the pedestrian.