Click here to help the Salvation Army this Holiday Season

Off-Duty Modesto Police Sergeant Fatally Struck by Suspected Drunk Driver

MODESTO -- An off-duty, recently promoted Modesto sergeant died when he was hit by a driver Tuesday evening, according to Chief Galen Carroll.

CHP reports the officer was riding his bike along Merle Avenue, near Daniel J. Savage Middle School, when he was fatally struck from behind by a car.

At the scene of the collision, around 6: 10 p.m., an arresting officer noticed the driver of the car presented signs of intoxication, according to CHP.

CHP is not reporting the identity of the driver, but does say that the person will face multiple felony charges in addition to DUI.

The Modesto Police Department has not named the officer, but CHP says he had been with the department since 2012. Prior to that he worked with Tuolumne County. Just weeks ago he was promoted to sergeant.

Local departments posted their condolences Tuesday evening.

Stay with FOX40 for more updates on this story.