Police identify pedestrian critically injured on Highway 273

POSTED: 10:35 PM Nov 21 2013   UPDATED: 11:00 AM Nov 22 2013
REDDING, Calif. -

Redding Police have released the name of a man who suffered life-threatening injuries when he was hit by a vehicle on Highway 273 Thursday night.

Alvin Rockney Norris, age 68 of Redding, is in critical condition at Mercy Medical Center in Redding.

Police said Norris was struck in the northbound lanes of the highway just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday near Clear Creek Road.

Officers at the scene told KRCR News Channel 7 he may have been drinking before he was struck.

According to a news release from Redding Police Department, Lo S. Saephanh, age 32 of Redding, was driving a Nissan Titan pickup northbound in the right lane.  The pickup struck Norris who was walking on the east side of the road.

Saephanh was not injured in the collision and was evaluated for impairment at the scene. Drugs or alcohol were not factors in the collision on the part of the driver.

A single lane of northbound SR273 was closed for about four hours during the investigation.

That was the second vehicle vs. pedestrian collision on Highway 273 in 13 hours.  Thursday at 5:18 a.m. a pedestrian was struck and killed less than four miles away, in a collision at Highway 273 and Overland Drive in Anderson.

The Shasta County Coroner's Office identified the victim as 32-year-old Armando Verdugo of Anderson.

The CHP said the Verdugo was in the right lane and the driver could not avoid striking him in the roadway.