TURLOCK — Authorities are looking for the driver of a dark blue or dark green sedan that hit and killed a man in Turlock on Saturday night.
A second man also was injured; he was released from the hospital the next day, officials said.
Police said an argument sparked the violence.
Just before 9 p.m., two men driving down Julian Street near Grant Avenue argued with a group of men standing in the area, said Turlock police Lt. Jeff Lopes.
"It looks like the car had driven past a group of guys," Lopes said. "Words were exchanged. The car came back and ran over two of them."
The wounded men, ages 40 and 37 and both of Turlock, were taken by ambulance for medical care.
The 40-year-old later died, Lopes said. His time of death was not available. He later was identified as Kelly Story.
The 37-year-old was released from the hospital Sunday morning, Lopes said.
Police said there appeared to be two males in the sedan, but released no further description. The car was described as similar to a Dodge or Plymouth Neon.
The death is Turlock's first homicide in 2009.
Five people were killed in homicides in Stanislaus County in January, making it the deadliest January in recent history. From 2006 to 2008, only one other person had been killed during the month of January.
The four other people killed last month, three men and a woman, died as a result of gunshot wounds. All were adults older than 30.
Authorities ask anyone with information about this case to call Detective Brandon Bertram at 668-5550, ext. 6623, or Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can e-mail Crimestoppers, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.
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