CARMICHAEL, CA - An 82-year-old man was struck by a car and killed after walking away from an elderly care facility Wednesday night in Carmichael.
John Maykovich of Carmichael had dementia and was known for wandering away, according to the California Highway Patrol. Maykovich was walking east on Cypress Avenue near Walnut Avenue when he entered traffic and was struck by a car heading east.
Officers said westbound traffic prevented the driver from swerving to avoid the accident.
A spokesperson for Eskaton Village in Carmichael says Maykovich had recently been diagnosed with dementia, but he was capable and free to come and go as he pleased. The spokesperson said at least 20 minutes prior to the collision, a caregiver was with Maykovich soaking his feet after a long day of walking. The caregiver had stepped away to use the restroom and returned within minutes to find him gone.
Maykovich was known as an active walker who often left the facility on his own, but it was unusual for him to do so that late after dark, according to Eskaton.
"Obviously that is concerning and one of the reasons why we're doing this community-wide re-look not only at the circumstances surrounding his death, but making certain that all of our employees are well aware of what transpired and looking at our policies and procedures," Eskaton board member Doug Elmets said.
The collision remains under investigation by the CHP. Besides Eskaton conducting its own probe, the California Department of Social Services has also opened an investigation. So far, there's no clear sign of any wrongdoing.
Elmets said Maykovich had no known family, only a power of attorney representative in Nevada. Funeral arrangements are pending.