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Man struck by car, injured on Highway 101 near Cotati

A Calistoga man attempting to recover building supplies that fell out of a coworker’s truck on Highway 101 was struck by a car Tuesday morning and badly injured, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Marvin Ralda, 28, of San Rafael, who was driving south near Cotati in a gray Toyota Camry, swerved around a roll of insulation that landed on the highway around 7:15 a.m., but went too far to the right and hit Jose Esquivel, 34, of Calistoga, CHP Officer David deRutte said.

Esquivel was standing in the shoulder lane waiting for a break in traffic to retrieve the insulation, deRutte said. He had been driving the vehicle hauling the material, and both cars pulled over once it fell on the highway.

Paramedics at the scene said Esquivel was conscious and moving. His injuries were not considered life-threatening but he was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for treatment, deRutte said.

You can reach Staff Writer Yousef Baig at 707-521-5390 or yousef.baig@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @YousefBaig.

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