A 55-year-old Manteca man died Friday night from injuries when he was struck by a vehicle at 7 p.m. while crossing North Main Street north of Edison Street.
He was hit by a late model Lexus after having almost made it across all lanes of traffic.
Manteca Police Sgt. Stephen Schluer said the victim was taken to the San Joaquin County Hospital trauma center where he was pronounced dead at 7:40 p.m. The man’s name was not released pending notification of his next of kin.
Police closed down North Main Street near the crash scene and called out the Major Accident Investigation team to determine the cause of the fatality. The victim was described as having been wearing jeans and a grey sweatshirt.
Officers said there were two vehicles whose drivers had witnessed the crash but who left the scene before police could interview them about the incident.
The fatality was within about 200 yards where a major accident occurred several months ago between a motorcyclist and a vehicle.
It was the second pedestrian fatality in recent years between Edison Street and Golden West School on North Main Street. The other involved an individual crossing North Main Street to the Burger King. North Main — at that point — is roughly three standard city blocks in length with two three-way intersections (at Argonaut and Jason streets) between Edison and Louise Avenue with no crosswalks in between.
Manteca in the past five years has had five pedestrian fatalities — one on Edison Street, one on Woodward Avenue at Buena Vista Drive, the North Main Street deaths, and on Center Street.
That is in addition to pedestrians being struck and either obtaining minor or substantial injuries. There have been two East Union High students struck in separate incidents walking to school during the past several months.
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