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County pedestrian deaths reach 40, tying highest mark in past few years

Just last week, Miguel Angel Canela was walking along Highway 58 near Mojave when, just east of exit 172, on the westbound shoulder, he was struck by a vehicle. Canela, 33, died at the scene.

And with that, Canela joined 39 other pedestrians who have been struck and killed in Kern County this year, according to coroner's office records. This marks the second time in three years Kern County has had 40 pedestrian deaths, and with a month to go, 2017's number could climb higher.

Jason Kotowski can be reached at 661-395-7491. Follow him on Twitter: @tbcbreakingnews.

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