Crime

Driver sought in hit-and-run that killed man walking in Modesto

A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper was filling up with gas nearby when someone notified the officer of the assault shortly after midnight.
A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper was filling up with gas nearby when someone notified the officer of the assault shortly after midnight. Getty Images/iStockphoto

A man walking on Spencer Avenue just south of Maze Boulevard near downtown Modesto was struck and killed by the driver of a pickup Tuesday night.

The hit-and-run crash occurred about 8:45 p.m., the California Highway Patrol reported. The victim, 49-year-old Darrell McDaniel, was walking south on the right edge of the road, pushing a hand cart. His home was nearby, according to the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office.

A witness said a newer white truck was traveling at high speed and struck McDaniel from behind. The driver of the truck stopped, the CHP was told, but then fled south on Spencer.

Wednesday, the CHP and Sheriff’s Department released more information on the vehicle of interest in the crash. It is described as a white GM crew cab pickup. The truck has large towing mirrors, black rims, a short bed and no bed liner. It should have front-end collision damage and possibly a cracked windshield.

Anyone with information on the vehicle or the crash is urged to contact the Modesto-area CHP office at 209-545-7440 or Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward. Tips also can be submitted via www.stancrimetips.org or by downloading the P3 app on a mobile device.

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