A 70-year-old German tourist died Monday evening after being struck by a motorist on East Main Street at about 5:30 p.m. Dr. Horst-Peter Rothar was in Walla Walla as part of a planned bike tour across the U.S., according to police.
Rothar was crossing East Main Street in a marked cross walk at the intersection of Palouse Street, according to a police report. Driver Michael Cantu, 23, turned west onto Main from Palouse and struck Rothar with his 1992 Ford pickup. Police said this morning that they are investigating the crash, but the sun may have been a factor in the collision.
“No citations have been issued at this time,” said Tim Bennett, spokesman for the Walla Walla Police Department.
Rothar was taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center where he died from massive trauma to his head and trunk, according to Walla Walla County Coroner Richard Greenwood. Greenwood said Rothar’s family in Germany has been notified.