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KCSO: Woman hit by car, driver tries to sexually assault her

FILE -- A Kern County Sheriff's Office patrol car and deputy are seen in a July 2016 file photo. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

A man who hit a woman with his car later tried to sexually assault her, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

The 72-year-old woman suffered minor injuries, the Sheriff's Office said.

The woman was walking Thursday morning on a dirt road just east of Browning Road Elementary School in east McFarland. She was hit from behind by a car, and the driver stopped to offer assistance, the Sheriff's Office said.

The woman voluntarily got into the car and asked the man to take her home. The Sheriff's Office said the man told the woman he'd drive her to a hospital, but he took her to an isolated orchard north of Peterson Road and east of Driver Road.

The Sheriff's Office said the man forcibly removed the woman from his car, forced her to the ground and tried to take off her clothing. A farmworker was nearby and interrupted the attack, at which point the man took off down a dirt access road.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man in his 20s or early 30s, about 200 pounds, with short hair and a short beard. He drove a dark-colored Toyota Camry.

Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (661) 861-3110 or the Secret Witness hotline at 322-4040.

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