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Man killed after running into 99 traffic; 3rd death at spot in 3 years
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Traffic on Highway 99 was brought to a grinding halt Friday during commute time after an unidentified male was struck and killed shortly before 5 p.m. near the Lathrop Road exit.

According to the California Highway Patrol, three of the four southbound lanes in the area were closed for several hours while the investigation into what happened was underway.

The identity of the deceased individual was not immediately released, and additional information was not made available.

According to the incident report that detailed contact between the reporting parties and dispatchers and communication between officers that arrived on scene, callers reported seeing a body in the No. 2 lane with additional comments that the man may have ran into traffic.

A woman driving a White Toyota Tacoma reported to officers that the man hit the front of her vehicle and flew up over it.

According to witnesses, the man was driving a vehicle that was parked on the north side of the roadway before he apparently entered traffic and was struck and killed.

Within 15 minutes a traffic alert was issued along Highway 99 for south bound traffic notifying them that three lanes were closed ahead. The CHP performed a traffic break to try and slow down vehicles before they approached the scene.

The incident happened not far from where in 2017 Starla Beltran – a local woman that made headlines when she was gifted a brand new car from Phil Waterford as part of a Christmas giveaway – was killed after walking into traffic, and near where earlier that same year a man was shot and killed by police after he was observed acting erratically with a knife and turned to advance towards officers.

Southbound traffic was nearly stopped for more than two hours on Friday, backing up all the way to French Camp Road – the last exit before approaching where the incident took place.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email jcampbell@mantecabulletin.com or call 209.249.3544.