A pedestrian was killed early Sunday after being hit by a car north of Modesto, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The accident was reported at 3:22 a.m. Richard Rodarte, 52, of Modesto was driving a 2005 Honda east on Highway 219 — also known as Kiernan Road — near Tully Road at 65-70 mph. Rodarte spotted something dark in the road and swerved to the right to avoid it, but could not, the CHP said.
Rodarte lost control of the car, which went off the road and came to rest on the south side of the road. Rodarte called 911, and CHP officers responded.
Officers arrived to find a man in the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim had not been identified later Sunday morning.
Eastbound Kiernan was closed for about five hours while authorities investigated the scene.