McRobert Alves, 22, was walking south on Highway 33 just north of Bartch Road when he was struck by a 1996 Nissan Altima driven by Albert Bento, 24, of Modesto, according to officer Eric Parsons, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.
Alves, who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, was walking in the middle of the highway’s southbound lane when the Nissan struck him from behind at about 40 mph, CHP officer J.B. Peregoy said.
The intersection stands in a dimly lit, semirural area.
Joey De La Cruz, a Patterson resident, stated in a comment on the Irrigator’s Facebook page on Oct. 24 that he witnessed the accident and that it appeared the pedestrian had a broken leg.
A medical helicopter was dispatched to transport Alves to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, but the pilot could not find a place to land, so he was taken to the hospital by Patterson District Ambulance, according to paramedic Craig Scott.
Alves has since been released, a receptionist at Memorial Medical Center verified Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Bento, who stopped to help Alves, was not cited for his role in the accident, Peregoy said.
The crash damaged the entire bumper and windshield of the Nissan, Parsons said, and the vehicle was towed..
Peregoy pointed out that the incident showed that drinking before one gets behind the wheel is not the only danger.
“It’s dangerous to drink and walk, too,” he said.