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Pedestrian Accident: New Details

Harding Boulevard accident victim's name released. Patient's condition downgraded to serious.

Police report Thomas Whittaker, 46, of Auburn is now in serious condition after being struck by a driver of a Toyota Prius on Harding Boulevard Thursday night.

Whittaker reportedly jaywalked across the busy thoroughfare in stormy conditions shortly before 6 p.m. Roseville Police do not suspect the driver of the Prius to be at fault for the accident, said Dee Dee Gunther, police spokesperson. 

Whittaker was originally transported to the Sutter Roseville Medical Center from the scene with life-threatening injuries. His new medical status is one step below critical.

"There will be a complete and thorough investigation before (investigators) determine the official cause," said Gunther. "It was dark and rainy and the pedestrian caught right into her path." 

Both lanes of Harding Boulevard, between Estates Drive and Lead Hill Boulevard, remained closed until 11 p.m. Thursday while police investigated the accident scene.

A close look at the site, revealed some of Whittaker's clothes - possibly a jacket - piled in the middle of the southbound lane, in front of the Oriental Market parking lot.

"The driver of the Prius was not injured," said Sgt. Dave Sloane, Thursday night. "The hood of the Prius and roof have dents. The windshield shattered. Possibly there was a head injury." 

Sloane and Gunther said the driver is not suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. Thursday night, Sloane reported the driver's speed at the time of the accident was not yet clear.   

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