Pedes­trian struck and killed on High­way 99 near Liv­ingston

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - Community - BY AN­DREW KUHN [email protected]­ced­

A pedes­trian was struck and killed Mon­day on State Route 99 near Liv­ingston, ac­cord­ing to the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol.

The Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol re­sponded to a call of a pedes­trian walk­ing in the cen­ter di­vide of south­bound High­way 99 at Win­ton Park­way around 5:17 p.m. Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to author­i­ties. At about 5:27 p.m., CHP re­ceived mul­ti­ple calls that the pedes­trian had been struck by a ve­hi­cle as of­fi­cers were on their way to the scene, ac­cord­ing to a CHP news re­lease.

A 2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Ron­nie Wil­liams, 58, of Han­ford, was driv­ing south at 65 mph in the No. 2 lane. A 57-year-old male pedes­trian then walked west from the cen­ter di­vide into the No. 1 lane di­rectly to­ward the path of the on­com­ing Ford. Wil­liams was not able to avoid the pedes­trian and struck him, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

The pedes­trian, whose name was not im­me­di­ately avail­able, died at the scene.

The driver of the Ford and his pas­sen­ger, Sharon Wil­liams, 66, of Han­ford, were both wear­ing a seat­belt at the time of the col­li­sion and were not in­jured, the CHP said.

At the time of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, author­i­ties closed both south­bound lanes of High­way 99 and di­verted traf­fic onto the right shoul­der. Ap­prox­i­mately an hour later, both lanes were re­opened, ac­cord­ing to Sgt. Ricky Franklin. The driver of the pickup truck was not sus­pected of be­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of any drugs or al­co­hol at the time of the crash, ac­cord­ing to author­i­ties. The col­li­sion is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

AN­DREW KUHN [email protected]­ced­

Author­i­ties in­ves­ti­gate the scene af­ter a pedes­trian was struck and killed by a ve­hi­cle in the south­bound lanes of High­way 99 near Liv­ingston.

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