A man was fatally hit by a truck in Visalia Saturday afternoon after he charged into traffic holding a large stick, said Officer Scott Harris with the California Highway Patrol in Visalia.
He was identified as Luis Ramirez-Urbina, 20, of Visalia, the Tulare County Coroner’s Office said. He also was known as Luis Ramirez.
He was reportedly walking on the east shoulder of Road 108 just south of West Visalia Parkway while dashing into the paths of vehicles.
About 1 p.m., the man darted in front of a 2015 Ford truck driven by Cheryl Mayhew, 59, of Visalia. The man lodged the stick into the grille of the Ford and was run over by Mayhew, Harris said.
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The case is under investigation and it is not known if drugs or alcohol were a factor. The CHP will try to speak with friends and family to learn more about him and why he was in the roadway, officer Steve Beal said. Anyone with information can call the CHP at 559-734-6767.