Fatal pedestrian vs. vehicle crash reported on Highway 59, south of Merced

05/12/2013 9:27 AM

05/12/2013 1:18 PM

A 54-year-old male pedestrian was killed Sunday morning after being struck by several vehicles on Highway 59 between Dickenson Ferry Road and Gerard Avenue, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The identity of the person hasn't been released, pending notification of their family or next-of-kin.

The incident was reported around 5:05 a.m. just south of Merced.

According to the CHP, Timeteo Rios, 42, was driving a 1999 Honda Civic southbound on Highway 59, north of Mission Avenue, at about 45 mph. Rios saw the pedestrian walking east in the southbound lane, directly in front of his vehicle. The driver tried to swerve, attempting to avoid a collision, according to Officer Jason Schoonhoven.

The pedestrian tried to get out of the way, but the driver was unable to avoid a collision. The pedestrian was struck by the front of the Honda and thrown into the northbound lane of traffic. The pedestrian was then struck by additional vehicles in the northbound lane of traffic, Schoonhoven said.

Schoonhoven said some of the drivers involved in the incident pulled over, while others did not. Schoonhoven said some of those drivers may not have realized a person had been struck in the roadway.

Rios and the passenger in his car received minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Traffic was closed on Highway 59 in both directions immediately after the collision, while CHP and rescue personnel addressed the situation. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

— Sun-Star staff

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