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Ceres man driver in fatal Modesto crash

A 33-year-old Ceres man was involved in a fatal pedestrian crash on Pelandale Avenue in Modesto Saturday evening.

The California Highway Patrol said that Cami Joan Pernia, 38, who was wearing dark clothing, was struck and killed as she was trying to dart across the road east of Tully Road at approximately 8:31 p.m. She was carrying furniture cushions with her which were scattered in the roadway.

According to the CHP, Charles D. Anderson of Ceres was driving a 2006 Honda westbound on Pelandale Avenue at 50 to 55 miles per hour when he approached the area where Pernia and a man were standing in the center median when the man started to run across the road in a northerly direction. Anderson told the CHP that he saw the man at the last minute and was able to swerve to the left to avoid hitting him but failed to see the woman in the number one lane due to the fact that she was wearing all dark clothing. Pernia rolled onto the hood of Anderson’s car, hit the windshield and roof of the Honda and sailed about 100 feet in the air before eventually landing in the same lane. Anderson immediately pulled over and called 9-1-1.

The mortally wounded Pernia was transported to Doctors Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Anderson was not injured.

The CHP said it is unknown if drugs and/or alcohol were a contributing factor in the crash.