CHP identifies man killed after being hit by car while walking across Nipomo street

Update, 4:25 p.m.:

The CHP has identified the man killed in Nipomo on Friday evening as Christopher Martin Ramirez.

CHP spokesman Michael Poelking said next of kin has been notified.

Original story:

A Nipomo man was fatally struck by a car as he was crossing Tefft Street on Friday evening, according to a news release from the California Highway Patrol.

At about 6:15 p.m., 29-year-old Erick C. Sanchez of Nipomo was driving his car north on Oakglen Avenue, approaching Tefft Street, the CHP said. A 53-year-old Nipomo man was waiting at the northwest corner of the intersection to cross Tefft Street.

As Sanchez approached the intersection, he had a green light and turned left onto Tefft. At the same time, the pedestrian started walking across Tefft.

The front of Sanchez’s car struck the man, who was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center where he died of his injuries, the CHP said. He has not yet been identified.

The crash is under investigation, and the CHP said they do not yet know if drugs or alcohol were factors.

The CHP asks anyone who witnessed the collision to call the agency at 805-594-8700.

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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.