A Centralia man thought to be in his early 20s died late Saturday after he was hit by a vehicle on Old Highway 9 Southwest, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
The man, who died at the scene, was identified Sunday as James Beesley, 28, according to the Thurston County Coroner’s Office.
The incident is under investigation, Sgt. David Claridge said Sunday.
About 10:40 p.m. Saturday, the man was apparently in the middle of the road in the 20000 block of Old Highway 9 when he was hit. The driver, a Rochester woman thought to be in her 20s, called 911 after the man was hit.
Claridge said it wasn’t clear why the man was in the road or whether he had been trying to cross it. It doesn’t appear the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he said.