Pedestrian injury determined not a hit-and-run

Orcas Island deputies responded to a report of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian on Jan. 6 in Eastsound.

After further investigation, it was determined that although the man was injured, it was not from a car. The cause is unknown.

The patient, who had a blood alcohol content of .41, was transported to the hospital for care. Those with that level of intoxication are at risk for coma or death.

Three deputies responded to the scene at 6:30 p.m. When they arrived, they saw an Orcas resident lying in the street in the southbound lane of Prune Alley. He was on his back with his knees bent and feet flat on the ground. EMS arrived minutes later.

The reporting party said that while she was driving her vehicle she didn’t see a man in the road until the last second and then hit her brakes. According to the police report, “She said that as she was stopping, the front end of her vehicle did bump his knees while stopping, but that she didn’t run him over.” The driver backed up and called 911. She told police that there was another car on the roadway but it left before deputies arrived on the scene.

The report states that there were no signs that the man was struck by a vehicle, but emergency responders determined that he needed to be admitted to the hospital to assess his condition. EMS requested that the sheriff’s office assist with the transport via police boat. Upon arrival to the mainland, the Anacortes Fire Department helped with transporting the victim to Island Hospital.

The man’s blood alcohol content was five times the legal limit. That information was forwarded to the San Juan County Probation Office in connection to the victim’s previous legal proceedings.