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Pedestrian dies from collision with truck
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A man, who was initially alert and conscious after being struck by a pick-up truck, died six hours later at a Modesto hospital the Turlock Police Department reported.

The name and age of the deceased has not been released because a next of kin notification has not been made. A Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office official said the man went by several aliases, which is hampering identification efforts.

The accident was reported to the Turlock Police Department shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday. The driver, a 27-year-old man from Turlock, told the police that he was driving his 2008 Ford F250 southbound on Lander Avenue when the man suddenly stepped directly into the path of the truck at the Lander and Glenwood avenues intersection.

The driver stated he had a green light. An independent witness confirmed the driver’s account of the events and stated the pedestrian had a red light.

The witness also told police that the driver was travelling at or under the 40 mph speed limit.

The driver stopped his truck and ran back to the man to offer help.

The man was alert and was complaining of leg pain, said Turlock Police Sgt. Neil Cervenka.

The man was transported by ambulance to Doctors Medical Center. About six hours later the police department was notified by the coroner’s office that the man had died.

The coroner’s office has conducted an autopsy, but toxicology tests are pending.

Cervenka said there was no evidence that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. No citations were issued to the driver.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact Officer Reece Haile at 664-7382.

To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.