At approximately 7:40pm this evening, a collision occurred between a vehicle and a male pedestrian on the side of the roadway.
The driver of the grey Toyota 4-Runner was traveling east bound on East River Road nearing McHenry Avenue when the right side of the vehicle struck the male pedestrian on the side of the roadway, severely injuring the victim. The driver of the vehicle was unable to see the victim who was traveling in the dark on the right hand shoulder of the roadway before striking him with his vehicle. The involved vehicle pulled over to the right hand shoulder of the roadway after hitting the victim.
There was an off-duty police officer from Ripon PD on scene who called it a fatality accident when reporting it to CHP.
There was a second vehicle on scene, a gold Toyota Camry that was driven by a male witness. It appeared that the witness driver was using his vehicle to shield the victim laying on the pavement from oncoming vehicles.
Escalon Fire, Ambulance, Police and California Highway Patrol were all on scene. Paramedics and fire crews attempted CPR on the victim at the scene. The victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance non-code. The identity of the victim has not been released.
At approximately 8:32pm, McDowell and Davis towing service was dispatched to tow the involved grey Toyota 4-Runner. No further at this time.