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Driver parked along Highway 99 in Keyes found bloody, beaten. CHP investigating

Merced Sun-Star file photo.
Merced Sun-Star file photo. tmiller@mercedsunstar.com

The California Highway Patrol is working to determine what happened to a male driver who was parked on the shoulder of Highway 99 in Keyes, suffering from serious head trauma.

About 5:43 Sunday evening, emergency personnel were dispatched to a report of a white Honda sedan stopped on 99 at Faith Home Road. A passing motorist called 911 after seeing the driver — the only occupant — bleeding from the head, CHP Modesto area spokesman Officer Thomas Olsen said Monday morning.

The driver, an adult male, had obvious head trauma and was taken to a hospital for treatment. “As of last night, he was in critical but stable condition,” Olsen said. “... There was an initial rumor that the driver was shot, but that has been ruled out.”

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the scene, and spokesman Sgt. Joshua Clayton said there was no indication of a collision, so the man’s wounds were the result of “some type of assault.”

Olsen said the man was conscious, but it’s not clear whether he was communicative. No identifying information on the victim has been released.

Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to contact Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tips also can be submitted via www.stancrimetips.org.

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