Elderly Man Killed in Modesto Hit-and-Run

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MODESTO—

They accident that killed a pedestrian here on Crow’s Landing Road in Modesto remains a mystery on several counts.

CHP says 76-year-old Bulmaro Plascencia was walking across the street when he was hit and killed.

Plascencia had coffee at a coffee shop everyday around 5 a.m.

He would then cross the street, making his way to a flea market where his daughter has a booth.

He was hit by a car Friday, and the driver kept going.

A motorist saw the body, but they can’t find anyone who saw the accident.

“A lot of people panic when they are better off staying put and letting officers know what happened,” said Officer Eric Parsons.

Plascencia was jaywalking.

“Both drivers and pedestrians have to look out, but pedestrians especially have to look out for cars,” Parsons said.

You might ask why Plascencia didn’t just cross at a crosswalk.  Well, this stretch of Crow’s Landing Road has few signaled intersections – and cross walks are just as scarce.

I saw numerous pedestrians dodging traffic to get across the street.

The flea market booth where Plascencia helped his daughter was shuttered today.  A market worker says the family went to the hospital to see about the body.

For years, managers at this flea market next to Crow’s landing Road have asked for traffic signals and crosswalks. Those safety measures were never put in.

This is one instance that the investigators could use the public’s help. If you saw anything suspicious on Crow’s Landing Road at about 5:30 am, contact the Modesto-area CHP.

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