CHP: Intoxicated man hit by car in Winton, hospitalized with major injuries

April 20, 2014 

— A man suffered major injuries Saturday when he was struck be a vehicle while waking on Santa Fe Drive in Winton, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The man, who was identified as William Gaines, 50, was injured about 8:10 p.m while he walked north across Santa Fe Drive near Center Street.

The driver, 39-year-old Nhia Moua, was driving west in a 1998 Honda Civic at about 40 miles per hour, officials said.

According to the CHP, Gaines was intoxicated, failed to see the Honda approaching and walked across the street.

Gaines reportedly was wearing dark clothing, making him difficult to see in the dark conditions, the CHP said.

Moua told the CHP that he didn’t see Gaines until it was too late. He said he tried steering to the left, but was unable to avoid the crash.

Gaines’ injuries included a broken tibia and abrasions to his chest, according to the CHP, and he was flown to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto for treatment.

The CHP said that speed did not appear to be a contributing factor, but alcohol consumption by Gaines did.

The crash remains under investigation.

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