Driver struck, injured pedestrian in the middle of China Grade Loop

BAKERSFIELD - A driver struck a pedestrian in the middle of the road Wednesday morning.

William Prough, 75, was driving his Ford Expedition eastbound  at about 4:10 a.m. on China Grade Loop east of Manor Street at 50 miles per hour. 

Shane Cody Lewis, 22, was walking eastbound on China Grade Loop in the middle of the lane wearing dark non-reflective clothing. 

Because of the dark roadway conditions and dark clothing worn by Lewis, Prough was unable stop in time and struck Lewis, said California Highway Patrol spokesperson Roberto Rodriguez.

Lewis received major injuries and was transported to Kern Medical Center by ambulance. Prough was not injured. 

China Grade Loop was closed for about one hour. 

The crash remains under investigation.  

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