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February 16, 2014

Man hit by a car in north Modesto suffers life-threatening injuries

A man suffered life-threatening injuries Saturday night when he was struck by a car in north Modesto.

A man suffered life-threatening injuries Saturday night when he was struck by a car in north Modesto.

The man was dressed in all black when he was hit by a GMC pickup in the right westbound lane of Sylvan Avenue near Keller Street about 7:45 p.m., said Modesto police Lt. Brian Findlen.

He suffered major injuries, including head trauma, and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Findlen described the man’s condition Sunday as “extremely grave.”

The man had no identification, and officers did not know who he was until family reported him missing early Sunday afternoon. He was tentatively identified as a 23-year-old man who lives in the area.

There is a crosswalk at the intersection of Sylvan and Keller. Findlen said it does not appear the man was in the crosswalk and the traffic unit is trying to determine what he was doing prior to being hit.

Investigators do not believe the driver of the vehicle, Harold Konrath, 62, of Modesto, was under the influence, but it is still undetermined if drugs or alcohol impaired the pedestrian. Speed also was not likely a factor, Findlen said.

The intersection of Sylvan and Keller was closed for about three hours Saturday night while the traffic unit investigated the crash.

Police ask anyone with information about the accident to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can email through the Crime Stoppers website, www.stancrimetips.org, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing “Tip704” plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.

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