A 27-year-old Turlock resident involved in one crash was killed in a second collision while walking away from the first site.
The name of the deceased has not been released pending next of kin notification.
The Merced area California Highway Patrol received a 911 call reporting a vehicle versus pedestrian collision shortly before 5 a.m. Monday on Golden State Boulevard, north of Griffith Avenue.
The caller was the driver of a Toyota Tacoma and he stated he had just struck a man who was walking in the road, said CHP spokesman Officer Eric Zuniga.
The first officers to arrive at the scene found the Toyota Tacoma on the west shoulder of Golden State Boulevard, and the male pedestrian was lying in the middle of the southbound lane of Golden State Boulevard.
Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and started to render aid to the man, but his injuries were too severe and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
As the CHP investigation started, officers discovered the deceased had been involved in an earlier single vehicle crash on Golden State Road, near Daubenberger Road. It caused some property damage and the man left the vehicle and started walking.
It appears the man was walking in the middle of the road when he was struck by the Toyota, which was traveling at an estimated 50 miles per hour at the time, according to the CHP.
“The driver of the Toyota saw the pedestrian at the last second and attempted to swerve to the right but was unable to avoid a collision,” Zuniga said.
The Toyota driver was not injured and was not found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
It is unknown at this time if the pedestrian was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
This collision is still under investigation. The CHP Merced Area Office is requesting any witnesses to the collision to please contact Officer J. Salas at (209)356-6600.