An 18-year-old Sacramento woman died today after she was struck by a vehicle while trying to run across Madison Avenue in heavy traffic, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Officer Chad Hertzell, spokesman for the CHP’s North Sacramento office, said the woman left a 7-Eleven store at the northeast corner of Madison and Auburn Boulevard about 4:30 p.m. and tried to run across Madison Avenue, according to witnesses.
Hertzell said the woman was about 30 feet east of the Madison Avenue crosswalk and encountered heavy traffic moving at the speed limit – 45 mph. Witnesses told investigators that motorists were swerving to avoid the woman. When she reached the No. 1 lane – the fourth and traditionally fastest lane of westbound traffic – a Nissan Pathfinder traveling within the speed limit hit the woman, he said.
The woman was taken to Mercy San Juan Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Hertzell said some witnesses speculated the woman was trying to reach a bus on the south side of Madison Avenue. Some witnesses also reported seeing a red car clip the woman and continue from the scene.
Hertzell said the CHP will investigate a possible hit-and-run associated with the crash. The investigation into the overall case must be complete before any decision to file charges against the driver of the SUV, he said. But, he added, “We’re leaning toward not filing charges” against the driver of the Pathfinder.
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