UPDATE 4:26 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 - The Butte County Sheriff's Office has identified the man struck and killed on Highway 99 on Feb. 2.
He has been identified as Joshua Washburn, 46, of Gridley.
BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The CHP said a 46-year-old Gridley man was hit and killed by an oncoming car as he walked across Highway 99 Saturday night.
The Gridley man's car broke down on the right shoulder of southbound 99, just north of the Butte/Sutter County line, around 10:44 p.m. He called his friend for help.
The friend pulled over on the right shoulder of northbound 99 and walked across both lanes of Highway 99 to help.
Both people stood on the right shoulder of southbound 99 next to the car that broke down.
The CHP said, at 11:45 p.m., the two people began to cross the highway. As they crossed the southbound lane of Highway 99, a 2008 Toyota was driving northbound towards the two people.
The friend saw the northbound-traveling car and stopped, but for unknown reasons, the CHP said the Gridley man kept walking directly into the path of the oncoming car.
The CHP said the Gridley man was hit by the car and was later pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the oncoming car was identified by the CHP as 20-year-old Noah Denhalter, of Yuba City.
The Gridley man's name is being withheld pending notification to next of kin.
The CHP said Denhalter was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.
It is unknown at this time if the Gridley man was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the CHP.