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No charges in pedestrian death

LAWRENCEVILLE — Police on Wednesday said a 27-year-old pedestrian killed on Pleasant Hill Road this week was likely homeless and was at fault.

Police believe Arnulfo Portillo had suddenly left a sidewalk and entered the busy thoroughfare when he was struck by an eastbound 1999 Ford Super Duty about 8:15 p.m. He died on scene.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said the area of impact — between Venture Drive and Gwinnett Place Drive — is marked as off-limits to pedestrians wanting to cross.

The truck’s driver, Phillip Payne, 31, of Lawrenceville, slammed on his brakes but couldn’t avoid hitting Portillo. He’s not expected to face charges or traffic citations, Ritter said.

The pedestrian fatality was Gwinnett’s second in four days. In both cases, police found the drivers were not at fault.

On Friday, 13-year-old Dakota Wilson was struck and killed by a Chevy Suburban in Dacula.

The driver in the earlier incident, a 23-year-old Cumming man, wasn’t charged.

Investigations into both deaths continue.