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Pedestrian Hit Twice by Car, Killed in Modesto; Police Search for Driver

MODESTO — A man was killed Saturday in Modesto after he was struck twice by the same car.

The Modesto Police Department is looking for the driver whom they describe as a Hispanic man.

According to Heather Graves of the Modesto Police Department, around midnight the suspect was driving a black Saturn westbound on Sylvan Avenue toward McHenry Avenue. That’s when the car hit a 50-year-old pedestrian then crashed into a nearby light pole.

The driver left his car, walked over to look at the pedestrian in the road then got back into the Saturn. He backed the car over the 50-year-old on the ground and sped away, driving westbound again down Standiford Avenue.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Graves. His name is currently being withheld so that authorities may notify his family.

Graves reports that later the same day the Modesto Police Department received another call about the black Saturn. It had crashed into a parked car near the intersection of Chippewa Street and Cheyenne Way.

The second crash rendered the car immobile on Cheyenne Way and the suspect fled on foot.

What may have caused the crashes is being investigated. Officials are actively looking for any witnesses and further evidence from the scene.

Authorities are asking the public to come forward with any information regarding the suspect of the deadly hit and run.