Man hit, killed crossing Highway 101 in San Rafael identified

A man struck by two cars and killed as he tried to run across Highway 101 in San Rafael was identified as an elderly Marin County man who had been released from jail just hours earlier, the CHP reported.

A search for the second driver, who didn't stop, led to an elderly Santa Rosa woman.

The woman told officers she thought she'd hit a roll of carpet that night as she drove north on the highway. She stopped to check for damage, found none and drove home, the driver told officers, CHP Officer Andy Barclay said Monday.

Joseph Price, 76, of San Rafael had gotten out of jail last Tuesday. It was about four hours prior to his 8:30 p.m. attempt to cross the highway on foot.

Price lived on a street just west of the highway and CHP officers said it's possible he was trying to get home.

It was dark as he set out to cross eight lanes. He apparently started at the North San Pedro Road highway offramp, not far from the jail, Barclay said.

Price had gotten into the third lane when the first driver hit him, knocking him back into the second lane.

Witnesses reported a second driver then ran over the man but the CHP only found one driver at the scene.

On Wednesday officers said they were seeking a second driver.

Thursday, the Santa Rosa woman called the CHP. She said she'd learned from news reports about a Marin County pedestrian killed on the highway and that a second driver was missing, Barclay said.

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