The California Highway Patrol is investigating a collision involving a pedestrian in Merced Country.
CHP officers responded to the area of Santa Fe Drive just east of Spaceport Entry at around 11:00 p.m. Friday for reports of a vehicle into a fence.
While officers were responding, dispatch advised officers that Atwater Police and Merced Sheriff was already at the scene and located a deceased pedestrian.
Authorities say the adult male pedestrian was located lying in the #2 northbound lane of Santa Fe Drive east of Spaceport Entry. The involved vehicle a Hyundai Elantra was located in a dirt field north of Santa Fe Drive, east of Spaceport Entry.
During the investigation, it was determined that 47-year-old Imelda Devera from Winton was driving a 2017 Hyundai at approximately 55 miles per hour in the #2 lane of westbound Santa Fe Drive east of Spaceport Entry.
Authorities say the 41-year-old male pedestrian also from Winton appeared to be standing or walking in the middle of the #2 westbound lane, directly in the path of the Hyundai.
Due to the pedestrian wearing dark clothing and no lighting in the area of the collision, Devera did not see the pedestrian in the roadway and the front of the Hyundai struck the pedestrian in the #2 lane. After the collision the Hyundai traveled across the north shoulder of Santa Fe Drive and collided with the chain-link fence.
Devera sustained minor injuries resulting from the collision and was determined to not be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol at the time of the collision.
The pedestrian succumbed to his injuries and was declared deceased at the scene. It is unknown if the pedestrian was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision.