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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 22:19

Pedestrian Killed in Hit and Run Crash

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Pedestrian Killed in Hit and Run Crash

MODESTO - Authorities investigated a crash that claimed the life of a pedestrian Tuesday night.

At about 8:45pm, officers with the California Highway Patrol were dispatched to Spencer Avenue south of Maze Boulevard for a report of a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle.

The victim, described as a middle aged man was rushed to the hospital but could not be saved. 

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Witnesses say the victim was walking home with a wheeled basket of recyclables in a southbound direction when he was struck by the vehicle. He was about two houses away from returning home.

Cans and other debris littered the roadway for several yards. A mangled red basket was laying in the roadway.

Officers with the California Highway Patrol closed Spencer Avenue for about two hours as they investigated the crash scene and took measurements.

According to witness accounts, the driver stopped his vehicle and exited. He briefly checked on the victim before re-entering the truck and fleeing.

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The driver was described as an African-American male adult appearing to be in his 40’s wearing a white shirt.

The vehicle officers are seeking is described as a white extended cab pickup truck with front end damage.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Officer Whittemore at the California Highway Patrol (209) 545-7440, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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