- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) - An officer driving a patrol car over the weekend struck and killed a man standing in the middle of the street, police said.

The officer tried to swerve but couldn’t avoid hitting Rodrigo Cabral in the 1:30 a.m. accident on Saturday, Visalia police Sgt. Damon Maurice told KFSN-TV (https://abc30.tv/1wqvSif ). The 27-year-old later died at an area hospital, Maurice said.

The man’s brother, Alfredo Conchas, said Cabral had been out celebrating Halloween prior to the accident.

Conchas said his family was angry because police in Avenal, where they live, first told them only that Cabral had died. California Highway Patrol investigators next told the family he died in a car accident. The family later learned in an online news report that an officer had struck Cabral, Conchas said.

“They should have just been honest with us,” Conchas said. “It’s not fair that he’s gone.”

The TV station reported that representatives of each agency said they were not trying to mislead the family; rather, they were doing their part in the investigation and attempting to get more answers.

Maurice said that there were few details he could release, and that the CHP had taken over the investigation.

The coroner’s division of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office will perform an autopsy on Cabral, authorities said.


Information from: KFSN-TV.

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