Crime - Sacto 911

Tow truck driver tried to protect man struck by two vehicles. Then he was hit

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A Carmichael man died after he was struck by vehicles while walking in the roadway Thursday night on Highway 65, and a tow truck driver was seriously injured as he tried to warn motorists of the collision.

The incident was reported about 11:13 p.m. on Highway 65 south of Riosa Road, near Sheridan. A 35-year-old Carmichael man was driving a 1997 Saturn northbound on Highway 65 when for unknown reasons he stopped the vehicle in the northbound lane. He got out of the vehicle and began walking southbound in the southbound lane and was struck by a southbound 2004 Toyota Camry driven by a 27-year-old man from Chico, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

The collision knocked the pedestrian into the northbound lane, where he was struck by a northbound Toyota Sienna van driven by a 31-year-old man from Durham. Both drivers remained at the scene.

A tow truck driver, a 57-year-old man from Marysville, came upon the scene and stopped his tow truck behind the body that was lying in the roadway in an effort to prevent further injury to the pedestrian, the CHP said. The tow truck driver was standing behind his tow truck, trying to warn approaching traffic of the collision, when he was struck by a northbound Ford Edge driven by an 32-year-old man from Yuba City.

The tow truck driver suffered major injuries and was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. The tow truck was registered to Natomas Auto Body out of Sacramento, the news release said.

The driver of the Toyota Camry was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with minor injuries. The other drivers and five passengers in the Toyota Sienna were not injured, according to the news release.

The CHP said none of the drivers is suspected of having been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Test results are pending for the man who died. His name has not been released pending notification of family.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy