SAN JOSE -- The California Highway Patrol on Sunday asked for the public's help in finding a truck connected with a collision Saturday night in East San Jose that claimed the life of a pedestrian.

CHP spokesman Christopher Falkowski said the victim, whose identity is still being withheld pending a coroner's report, was struck and killed about 8:45 p.m. after a Ford pickup truck hit him near Alum Rock and Harriet avenues. That area, just several blocks from James Lick High School, is poorly lit and does not have any crosswalks. Falkowski said investigators were trying to determine if the victim was in the street or not when the truck hit him.

Multiple witnesses told police they saw the pickup fleeing north on nearby Pickford Avenue and then eastbound on Hyland Avenue. They described it as a late-model, full-sized Ford with oversized tires, light in color and possibly with a red stripe down the hood and front-end damage, said Falkowski. Witnesses did not see the vehicle's license-plate number.

"The witnesses could not provide a good description of the driver," he said, "because everyone who saw it, saw it after the tires were screeching and the truck was already leaving the scene.''

Cindia Iampietro, who lives two doors down from Alum Rock on Harriet Avenue, said that while she did not hear the sound of tires she did hear a loud thud while she was standing in her kitchen.


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"There was a party across the street, and I thought someone had backed into my garbage can out front," she said Sunday morning, stopping by the scene of the accident where Alum Rock Avenue still bore the white-ash scars of police flares left the night before on the pavement. "I could see the man laying in the middle of the street, and he wasn't moving. I think it was a neighborhood guy who we see walking around here every day. And I saw what looked like his backpack" about 100 feet down Alum Rock.

Iampietro said neighbors often hear screeching tires on Alum Rock, a wide stretch of road with one lane in either direction and a turning lane in the middle. The 40-mile-per-hour stretch, which is also the route for Bus No. 45, can get extremely busy, she said. One side of the road has a wide dirt path instead of a sidewalk. Stop signs and crosswalks are rare, as are streetlights. The closest working street lamp is several blocks away.

"It's a dangerous road," she said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the CHP at 408-655-2620.

Contact Patrick May at 408-920-5689 or follow him at Twitter.com/patmaymerc.