On January 8 a 14-year-old boy from Merced was hit by a car on Highway 140 in Stanaslaus County. He died on January 10 from injuries related to the accident. Christopher Jesse Rodriguez was reportedly hit by a vehicle traveling westbound on Highway 140 near Dell Street. It is unknown why the boy stepped into the roadway in front of the oncoming vehicle driven by Cecelia Aguilar. Aguilar was unable to avoid hitting Rodriguez. /