Man OK after running in front of car



NICE – A man who reportedly ran in front of a vehicle and was hit survived with relatively minor injuries.

The California Highway Patrol reported that they received a call at 3:48 p.m. Tuesday that a man had fallen from the back of a vehicle on Highway 20 in front of the Harbor Bar & Grill in Nice.

Thomas Rice, 27, was found to have a head injury but was conscious and alert, the CHP reported.

While investigating the incident, authorities discovered Rice hadn't fallen from a vehicle, but had actually run in front of a 2007 Saturn driven by Amy Zingone of Clearlake Oaks and been hit, according to CHP Officer Josh Dye.

Rice was taken to Sutter Lakeside Hospital, the CHP reported. Dye said Rice suffered lacerations to his face, abrasions to his head and right hand, and a pelvic fracture.

The cause of the collision was listed as public intoxication and failing to yield the right of way when not in a crosswalk, Dye reported.

Authorities said Rice would be arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct when released from the hospital.

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