A man walking in the street Sunday night was struck and killed by a man driving a truck just outside Grass Valley.
While the victim had not been officially identified as of Monday evening, a relative confirmed his identity as Aron Bendix, 38.
Bendix was born and raised in Grass Valley, said his sister, Dayna Harrison, who lives in Maryland.
“He moved around but he ended up back in Grass Valley,” Harrison said. “He liked it there, his friends were there.”
Bendix was “a really good guy,” she said. “He had a huge heart.”
Local services were being planned, Harrison said.
The driver of the pickup called 911 just after 10 p.m. Sunday to report having hit a man in the 10000 block of East Bennett Road, near Durham Transportation, according to dispatch reports.
The driver, who was not identified, said he was going east on the road when the man suddenly appeared out of the darkness, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.
The driver swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid him, but struck him with the front passenger side of his truck.
Bendix was unresponsive when the driver checked on him, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dispatch reports show a person called 911 just two minutes earlier, reporting a man walking down the middle of the road in the same location.
The driver was not at fault, said California Highway Patrol Officer Justin Barnthouse, adding he was driving about 30 mph.
The victim “walked out in front of (the driver), on a curve, where there are no lights,” Barnthouse said.
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