TURLOCK — A 31-year-old Modesto woman died Thursday night after she apparently walked into the path of a pickup several miles southwest of Turlock, the California Highway Patrol reported.
April J. Chaves was struck by the truck, and authorities were trying to determine why she stepped in front of the pickup.
The accident occurred about 8:50 p.m. on South Central Avenue just south of West Bradbury Road.
The CHP said Jose Garcia, 51, of Ceres was driving a 1994 Ford F-150 about 40 to 50 mph north on South Central. He wasn't injured.
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As he approached the 6000 block of South Central, there was a car parked on the west side of the road, facing south with its lights on.
As Garcia passed the stopped car, Chaves crossed the street from the west and was hit in the northbound lane, according to the CHP.
Garcia apparently didn't realize he hit Chaves and continued north. A witness tracked down Garcia shortly afterward, and he returned to the scene.
Emergency crews arrived at 9:03 p.m., but Chaves died at the scene.
Garcia, who had two passengers in the pickup, was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the CHP said.
It was the third time in less than a month that a pedestrian in Stanislaus County has died after being struck by a vehicle.
On July 22, a jogger was killed by a hit-and-run driver near Riverbank. About two weeks before, a Modesto man was killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking on East Hatch Road in Ceres.