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Man survives crash on Highway 152, then killed trying to get help

The California Highway Patrol has identified a man who survived a rollover accident off a cliff and walked up to Highway 152 for help -- only to be hit by a car and killed.

Alexander Costis, 42, of Fresno, was driving east on Highway 152 near Los Banos about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday when he lost control of his Toyota Tundra and drove it off a cliff, rolling over and landing 200 feet below.

He made his way up to the highway, apparently to flag down help, but was hit by a Honda Accord driven by Fernando Martinez, 43, of Los Banos.

Investigators responding to the scene didn’t know about the first accident until the sole Tundra passenger, Aria Day Fletcher, 23, of Fresno, made her way out of the car and to the scene of the fatality.

She suffered major injuries and was taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. She is expected to survive, CHP officer Lance Velez said.

Velez said Martinez probably won’t face any criminal charges related to Costis’s death. “At this point it appears there was nothing (Martinez) could have done to avoid it,” he said.

Velez added that it is a “distinct possibility” that Costis was disoriented from the first crash when he was struck and killed. “At this point we’re still investigating, but we think we have a fairly good idea of what happened,” he said.

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