The California Highway Patrol is searching for the driver of a vehicle that was involved in a collision Tuesday night that claimed the life of a Turlock man.
The deceased was identified as 50-year-old Benjamin Camarillo of Turlock. Camarillo had been riding his bicycle on East Avenue when he was struck by two vehicles. He died at the scene, according to the CHP.
The collision happened at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday on East Avenue, just west of Vincent Road.
The first vehicle to strike Camarillo was a 1994 Chevrolet pickup driven by Nicholas McGinnis, 23, of Ballico. McGinnis was traveling eastbound on East Avenue at a speed of 50 to 55 miles per hour.
According to the CHP, Camarillo was riding his bicycle in the middle of the road and was headed west on East Avenue.
McGinnis told the CHP officers he never saw the bicyclist until he struck him. The force of the impact threw Camarillo from his bicycle and he landed in the westbound lane of East Avenue.
McGinnis immediately stopped and was trying to divert other cars when Camarillo was struck a second time. The driver of the second vehicle did not stop after hitting Camarillo.
It’s unknown at this time if Camarillo was alive when he was struck by the second vehicle. McGinnis told the CHP he didn’t appear to be moving.
That area of East Avenue has no street lights and the sun was down at the time of the collision.
The CHP is seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating the driver of the second vehicle. The vehicle was described as a red Honda, possibly a Civic. CHP Officer Chuck Leon said the vehicle would have major damage to the front. The air dam and a piece of the left inner fender well were left at the scene. The vehicle also likely has damage to the lower left bumper and fender.
Anyone with information about the collision or the driver of the second vehicle is asked to contact CHP Officer John Peregoy or Officer Chuck Leon at 545-7440. Callers can remain anonymous.