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Pedestrian killed in car accident identified as Chico State student

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The pedestrian killed when he was struck by a vehicle Friday night has been identified as 18-year-old Chico State student Nicholas Castellanos, according to the Butte County Coroners office and a campus wide announcement.

Chico police officers responded to a call approximately 9:40 p.m. at the intersection of West Fifth and Walnut streets, according to a Chico Police Department news release. Castellanos was found lying in the intersection unresponsive. First responders transported him to Enloe Medical Center where he later died.

Investigators with Chico Police Major Accident Investigation Team found that the driver of the vehicle, a Honda Pilot SUV, was traveling at the speed limit and had a green light, the release read. The driver did not see the pedestrian crossing.

According to the officer, the driver’s information is being withheld because the driver is a minor.

A memorial service for Nick will be held at Coronado High School Stadium on Neidermeyer Field, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at 11 a.m., with a reception immediately following at Loew’s Coronado Bay Resort.

The University flag will be lowered Wednesday in his honor.

David McVicker can be reached at [email protected] or @DavidPMcVicker on Twitter.

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