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Pedestrian dies after walking in front of car on Watt Avenue in Arden Arcade, CHP says

A pedestrian died in Arden Arcade Sunday night after walking in front of an oncoming car, the California Highway Patrol said.

CHP officers responded to the area of Watt Avenue south of Whitney Avenue at 9:20 p.m. after receiving a call of a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision, said Officer Mike Zerfas, spokesman for the highway patrol’s north Sacramento division.

“CHP officers arrived on scene and discovered that an unidentified transient man, who was using a ‘walker’ to assist him, had stepped out in the lanes of traffic on Watt Avenue,” the highway patrol said in a news release.

The man walked in front of a sedan traveling in the northbound lane of Watt Avenue, Zerfas said. The man was struck by a 2015 Chevy Malibu, which was being driven by a 23-year-old man from Carmichael. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene by fire personnel.

The driver of the sedan, identified as Tristan Sparkman, was not injured and remained at scene. He was cooperative with investigators while his sobriety was investigated, police said.

“It was determined that he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of this traffic collision,” according to the news release.

The pedestrian’s identity will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office following notification of the person’s next of kin.

Molly Sullivan covers crime, breaking news and police accountability for The Bee. She grew up in Northern California and is an alumna of Chico State.