Man out for walk on a rural Valley road before dawn hit, killed

Fresno Bee file

A 76-year-old man out for a predawn walk Friday on Mt. View Avenue north of Kingsburg was hit and killed by a pickup, Fresno County Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said Monday.

The coroner’s office identified the man as Bhag Singh of Kingsburg.

The California Highway Patrol said the accident happened just before 5:30 a.m. A Reedley man in a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche was westbound on Mt. View west of Academy Avenue, driving about 50 mph in the right-hand lane. The driver said he didn’t see Singh walking in his lane until it was too late to avoid hitting him.

Singh was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver waited for first-responders to arrive. The CHP said neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be a factor in the driver’s reaction, but the case remained under investigation Friday.