A man seriously injured after being hit by a car late Tuesday in Sebastopol died early Wednesday, according to the CHP.

The driver of the car told officers the pedestrian ran into the path of his car as he traveled on Highway 116, said CHP Officer Jon Sloat on Wednesday.

The victim is believed to be 58. Investigators were working Wednesday to verify his name and hometown and trying to find family.

He died at about 3:30 a.m. He’d been taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and underwent surgery.

Driver Ben Van Cat, 39, of Santa Ana called 911 on his cell phone just after 10 p.m. to report that he’d struck a pedestrian.

Cat told officers he saw the man on the side of the road. As he drew closer, he said the pedestrian turned and looked at him and then ran out in front of his car, Sloat said.

Cat didn’t have a chance to hit the brakes on the rented Toyota Camry, and the pedestrian was struck and thrown onto the car’s windshield and hood.

The investigation of the incident closed nearby Sparkes Road.

Officers don’t believe Cat was impaired from alcohol or drugs. The investigation will include checking for signs of impairment on the victim.

Officers know of no witnesses, Sloat said.

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