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Arrest in pedestrian hit-and-run fatality
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A 66-year-old pedestrian died at a local hospital Sunday evening after being struck by a pickup truck driven by a 39-year-old motorist about 5:20 p.m. on Bright Road.
That driver was arrested on Monday at his French Camp home and charged in the hit and run incident, according to the CHP.
The mishap occurred south of Matthews Road.
The suspect was reportedly driving his 1997 Chevy pickup truck northbound on Bright Road at an undetermined speed coming upon the victim who was believed to have been either walking in the northbound traffic lane or along the edge of the roadway.
CHP spokesman, Officer S. Geraurd, said the right front of the pickup struck the pedestrian throwing him up onto the hood of the truck before being ejected onto the roadway. The driver then fled the scene. The injured pedestrian was transported to San Joaquin General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Physical evidence at the scene provided information to lead investigators to a vehicle color, year and type that allowed Officer Geraurd to locate the suspect’s French Camp home where it was parked outside the residence.  The driver was identified and arrested with felony charges are pending, according to the CHP.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver may have been under the influence of illegal drugs at the time of the collision.