Authorities on Monday identified a man who died Sunday night after a car hit him as he crossed the street in Oakdale.
Thomas Larson, 64, who was listed as homeless but formerly had an Oakdale address, was the victim, according to the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office. Police arrested a 24-year-old Riverbank man on suspicion of driving the car that hit Larson, then leaving the scene.
The incident occurred at 5:08 p.m., when a black Mercedes sedan heading west on Highway 108 at Third Avenue struck a man who was crossing the street within a marked crosswalk.
The driver failed to stop and left the area, police said. Larson was taken to Oak Valley Hospital and then airlifted to Doctors Medical Center, where he died.
Police found the Mercedes abandoned on Pindos Court in Oakdale, Sgt. Ben Savage said in a news release. With help from Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies, police searched for and found the Riverbank man a third of a mile from the car, being picked up by his mother, Savage said.
The driver, identified as Gabriel Bocanegra, suffered minor injuries and was treated by emergency medical personnel. He was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run. Bail was set at $50,000.
Investigation into the case continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact Savage at (209) 847-2231.