An adult male pedestrian was killed early Thursday when struck by several vehicles on southbound Highway 99 near Hatch Road in Ceres.
At about 1:21 a.m., the man was standing in the highway’s middle lane, said Officer Michael Ferreira of the California Highway Patrol. The driver of an approaching big rig spotted the man and tried to veer to avoid him, Ferreira said, but the man moved into the fast lane and was struck by the rig’s trailer.
The man then was struck by another big rig and two passenger vehicles – a Mercedes and a BMW.
“There was no indication as to whether it an accident or intentional on the part of the pedestrian,” Ferreira said, though one of the drivers emailed The Bee that the pedestrian jumped out in front of the big rig that hit him first.
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Ferreira did not have an ID on the man killed. He said no one else involved was injured.