Officials at the Benton County Coroner’s Office have identified the man killed by an SUV as he crossed a Kennewick street near his apartment Sunday morning.
William R. Peck, 65, of Kennewick, was hit by a Buick Enclave about 1:56 a.m. near West Kennewick Avenue and South Conway Place as he tried to cross Kennewick Avenue, said Kennewick police.
He was not wearing dark clothing but was not in a crosswalk, said Deputy Coroner Dennis Morris. The nearest crosswalk is at the intersection of Kennewick Avenue and Vista Way.
Peck was found in the parking lot of the nearby Casa Mia restaurant, Morris said. He died at the scene but a relative wasn’t able to be notified until Monday morning.
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The SUV driver, whose name was not made public, stopped and is cooperating with the police investigation. No other information was released by police.
Peck lived in an apartment complex on Conway Place. A neighbor said he often walked to a store in the area where he was hit.
The neighbor, who asked not to be named, said Peck was loved and respected in the complex.
“He was just a really good guy,” she said.
Since she works nights, Peck would often keep watch outside to make sure she made it in safe when coming home from work late.
“I’ve never, ever had anybody do that,” she said. “It's just hard to know that I’m not going to see him.”
Laura Campa, site manager at Woodland Green Apartments, described Peck as a kind man and good tenant.
“I got emotional when I heard about it, too,” she said.