BPD releases details of fatal crash
BARSTOW • Details about the crash that led to the death of an 87-year-old man earlier this week have been released by the Barstow Police Department, and the BPD is asking the public for details that may aid the investigation.
Calvin Bottum, a Coalinga resident, died of injuries at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, several days after a car struck him in Barstow.
The BPD stated in a news release that officers received a report of a collision at approximately 5:14 p.m. on Nov. 29 in the 1500 block of East Main Street. Police officers and the Barstow Fire Protection District arrived on scene and found Bottum was struck by a black Honda Civic, traveling eastbound, as he walked across the street, the release states. Bottum was transported to Barstow Community Hospital in serious condition before being transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.
After investigating the scene, officers said Bottum was crossing the road from the north side to the south side. According to the release, it’s believed Bottum was walking from his motel to a nearby restaurant.
The driver of the Honda told officers he did not see Bottum until the “last minute” and was unable to avoid striking him, even though he applied the brakes, the release states. The driver was questioned by investigators and his vehicle was inspected by officers for mechanical deficiencies, according to the release.
Alcohol is not a factor in the collision, but a preliminary investigation points to Bottum being at fault for not crossing Main Street at a marked crosswalk or intersection and failing to yield to vehicles on the roadway, the release states.
The Barstow Police Department is asking anyone with information about the collision to contact officer William Spiller at 760-256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Hotline at 800-782-7463.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.