MERCED — Merced police were investigating Monday the death of a man who was hit by a car in the northbound lanes of Highway 99 late last week.
The incident "did not appear to be an accident," according to several witnesses.
The unidentified man in his 20s was struck by a 2013 Toyota Corolla around 8:38 p.m. Friday, said Merced police Sgt. Rodney Court. The accident happened near the Yosemite Park Way exit, he said.
Witnesses in other cars told investigating officers the man had been sitting on the bridge railing and then jumped off, running directly into the path of the Corolla.
The Corolla was occupied by two adults and three children, Court said. The right front passenger suffered minor injuries from the collision.
Court said the driver of the Corolla stopped after the incident and was cooperating with officers.
Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, Court said.
The victim had massive injuries and was transported to Mercy Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Merced police are not releasing the identity of the man until his family can be notified, Court said.
Police ask anyone with information to call Sgt. Scott Skinner at (209) 385-4702 or the department's automated tip line at (209) 385-4725. Anonymous tips can be sent via text message to "TIP411" (847411). Include the word "Comvip" as the message's keyword.