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CHP seeks pickup driver connected to Madison Avenue pedestrian fatal

09/02/2014 11:32 AM

09/02/2014 11:34 AM

The California Highway Patrol is asking for help in finding the driver of a pickup truck that may have hit a pedestrian killed while crossing Madison Avenue.

Brianna Norman, 18, of Sacramento County, died Monday 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 Norman left a convenience 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 Norman 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 her.

When Norman reached the No. 1 lane – the fourth and traditionally fastest lane of westbound traffic – a Nissan Pathfinder SUV traveling within the speed limit hit the woman, he said.

The driver of the Pathfinder stopped at the scene. However, a pickup also traveling westbound may have also hit Norman, according to the CHP.

The CHP is asking for help in finding the driver and vehicle, described as a 2001-04 red Nissan Frontier pickup truck with a king cab. It is not known if the pickup had any collision damage.

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Anyone with information is asked to call the CHP at (916) 338-6710.

Norman was taken to Mercy San Juan Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Hertzell said some witnesses speculated the pedestrian was trying to reach a bus on the south side of Madison Avenue.

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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