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Woman dies after being hit by truck
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The California Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a Modesto woman, who appears to have stepped into the path of a pickup traveling along a Turlock road.


The deceased was identified as April Chaves, 31. Chaves died around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night on Central Avenue.


The driver of the 1994 Ford F-150 that struck Chaves was identified as Jose Garcia, 51, of Ceres. Garcia and his two passengers were not injured in the collision. The CHP said Garcia was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.


According to the CHP, Garcia was traveling northbound on Central Avenue, south of Bradbury Road around 8:50 p.m. at an approximate speed of 40 to 50 mph.


In the 6000 block of Central Avenue was a car parked partially on the west shoulder and facing south with the headlights on. As the Ford passed by the parked car a women stepped from the shoulder into the roadway and into the path of the oncoming pickup.


The CHP report said the front of the Ford hit Chaves, but that Garcia was apparently unaware of the collision and continued northbound.


A witness to the accident followed Garcia and got him to stop. The witness told him of the collision and Garcia returned to the scene.


Emergency personnel arrived at the scene at 9:03 p.m. and Chaves was pronounced dead at 9:27 p.m., according to the CHP.

 The CHP has not determined if Chaves was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and the investigation is ongoing.To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.