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December 18, 2012

Man killed running across Highway 99 in Modesto

A man was killed while attempting to run across Highway 99 north of Hatch Road on Tuesday night.

MODESTO -- A man was killed while attempting to run across Highway 99 north of Hatch Road on Tuesday night.

The unidentified man had run across the slow lane and center lane of southbound Highway 99 when he entered the fast lane and was struck by a Chevrolet Tahoe at 6:23 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol officer Chuck Leon.

The 51-year-old Manteca man driving the Tahoe was traveling about 70 mpr and had no way of avoiding the pedestrian, who was dressed in black pants, a black shirt and black gloves, Leon said. The driver stayed at the scene and was later released.

Passers-by on the highway around the time of the wreck reported witnessing a gruesome scene enhanced by the headlights of the Tahoe.

As dangerous as it is, Leon said, “we get at least one call a day of someone trying to run across the freeway.”

The fast lane was closed for at least 90 minutes while officers investigated.

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