Man Struck, Killed While Crossing Street

A Huntington Beach man with palsy was killed Friday night when he was struck by two cars as he tried to cross a dark stretch of Beach Boulevard north of Pacific Coast Highway, police said.

The victim, Hector Portillo, 42, was apparently on his way to pick up some hamburgers for his family about 8 p.m. when he crossed the street in an area without a crosswalk.

He was struck first by a car driven by Ida Stoico, 56, who was northbound on Beach Boulevard, police said. Stoico drove to her home nearby and phoned police to say that she had struck something in the road but was not sure what it was.


A second northbound vehicle, driven by John Robertson, 20, of Costa Mesa, also struck Portillo, police said.

Police say that no charges will be sought against either driver because the pedestrian was at fault.

Police added that they had received numerous calls in the past from people reporting that they had seen Portillo staggering along Beach Boulevard. But the man limped from some type of palsy, police said, which sometimes made it appear that he was staggering.