HAYWARD -- A pedestrian who suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by an SUV Thursday night near the South Hayward BART station died early Friday, police said.
The victim, a 39-year-old man, was struck in a 6:45 p.m. crash near the intersection of Mission Boulevard and Tennyson Road, according to information from police and the Alameda County Coroner's Office.
The man's name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin, a coroner's spokeswoman said.
Officers were called out for a report of a truck that had struck a person and found the man unresponsive and lying in the road in front of a stopped white Ford Ranger pickup in the northbound Mission Boulevard lanes, Sgt. Chad Olthoff said.
The man was taken to a hospital and was listed in critical condition until he died Friday morning, Sgt Mark Ormsby said.
Police learned the pickup was traveling north on Mission Boulevard at 35 mph when it arrived at the intersection of Mission Boulevard and Tennyson Road. When the truck passed through the intersection, the pedestrian suddenly left the center median, stepped several feet outside the crosswalk and walked directly in front of the pickup, Olthoff said.
Police on Friday were still investigating why the pedestrian walked into oncoming traffic; it appeared that alcohol or drugs may have been a factor, Olthoff said.
The driver of the pickup, who remained at the scene Thursday night, was cooperating with the police on Friday, police said.
The case remained under investigation on Friday. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call police at 510-293-7099.
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