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Man thrown 40 feet after being struck by car on Center

A smashed windshield in an early ‘90s Honda sedan with shoes and clothing on the roadway tells the story of an apparent transient who was pushing his cart between the alleys just west of Lincoln Av...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED May 23, 2013 1:23 a.m.

A known Manteca transient apparently walked in front of a west bound car at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of East Center Street, midway between Lincoln and Grant Avenues.

Manteca Police Sgt. Joe Aguilar said the man was thrown about 40 feet from the point of impact as he was pushing his grocery cart from the alley way on the south side of the street to another alley on the north of Center Street.

The impact smashed the windshield of an early ‘90s Honda sedan.  Officers said the man, believed to be in his 60s, was unconscious when they reached the scene minutes later.  Police cordoned off the block in front of the ambulance garage and summoned the Major Accident Investigations Team (MAIT) to the scene of the crash.

MAIT was expected to take at least an hour to determine the cause of the mishap that sent the victim in critical condition to San Joaquin County Hospital in French Camp.

Yellow tape was strung at the intersection with Grant Avenue and the Lincoln Avenue intersection to prevent pedestrians from walking near the scene and motorists from driving through the area.

The sun was low in the west at the time of the crash and may have contributed to the 24-year-old driver being blinded and not seeing the man walking in her path.  The victim was known to officers who said they saw him often walking with his basket cart around the community. 

At press time they were unable to give the names of the driver or of the injured pedestrian, nor commenting on the lack of skid marks on the roadway.

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