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A pedestrian died Thursday night in south Bakersfield after he walked across lanes of South Chester Avenue and a car hit him and then quickly drove off, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Bakersfield Fire Department, Hall Ambulance and CHP officers were called to the intersection at South M Street about 7:48 p.m. because a man was spotted lying on southbound lanes of South Chester. A preliminary investigation revealed a pedestrian was in the No. 2 lanes of South Chester and walking east across lanes when a gray Mazda crashed into the pedestrian, according to a news release.