TURLOCK — A 70-year-old man was killed after he was struck in a crosswalk by a sport utility vehicle while crossing at the intersection of North Olive Avenue and Wayside Drive just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.
The man was identified as Charles Arnold of Turlock, according to the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office.
The driver, Paulette Field, 44, of Modesto remained at the scene and cooperated with investigating officers, said Sgt. Nino Amirfar, a spokesman for the Turlock Police Department.
Amirfar said Field was driving a Honda Pilot northbound on North Olive when she came upon Arnold, who was in the north crosswalk walking eastbound on Wayside Drive.
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Field reportedly didn't see Arnold until it was too late because of the morning's rainy weather. She hit her brakes, but struck the man with the passenger-side front bumper of the car.
Arnold was taken to Emanuel Medical Center, where he later was pronounced dead, Amirfar said.
Witnesses told police that Field was driving faster than the 30 mph speed limit for North Olive. They estimated her speed between 35 mph and 40 mph, which Amirfar described as too fast for the dark, rainy conditions.
Amirfar described the intersection as big, well-marked and well-lit. He said drivers on North Olive are not restricted by a traffic light or stop sign, but that drivers on Wayside at North Olive have stop signs.
He said Field likely would be cited because she did not yield to a pedestrian, and other factors.
This is Stanislaus County's fourth death in the last two months in which either a pedestrian or bicyclist died from injuries after being struck by a vehicle.
On Feb. 12, Ashley Henderson, 16, of Waterford was riding a bicycle and trying to cross Highway 132 at Western Avenue when she was hit by a pickup. She died early the next morning.
On Feb. 4, Fermin Duran Jr., 29, of Modesto was struck by a sport utility vehicle after he stopped his bike in dark and rainy conditions in the eastbound lane of West Service Road.
On Dec. 30, Joyce Cody, 46, of Riverbank was killed by a big rig as she walked her bicycle across the street at Atchison and First streets in Riverbank.
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