A woman died late Thursday afternoon after she was struck by a suspected drunken driver as she walked with a 2-year-old child on a sidewalk in south Sacramento County.
The incident occurred about 5:50 p.m. Tococh Fidel, 27, was driving a Toyota westbound on 47th Avenue near Kiessig Avenue when he allowed his vehicle to drift across the roadway and onto the north sidewalk, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. The woman was walking eastbound on the sidewalk with the child when she was struck by Fidel’s vehicle and propelled into the roadway, officials said. The child was not struck or injured, and was later released to his father.
The woman was taken to a local hospital, where she died of her injuries. Her name has not been released pending notification of family.
After striking the pedestrian, Fidel lost control of his vehicle, which crossed into the eastbound lanes. It struck an electric utility pole and an eastbound vehicle. A third vehicle, which was traveling behind the eastbound vehicle, was unable to stop in time and rear-ended the second vehicle.
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Fidel fled the scene in his vehicle, but was followed by the driver of the second vehicle. Fidel drove to the area of Florin Road and Amherst Drive, where Sacramento police officers stopped and detained him until CHP officers arrived.
After failing a field sobriety test, Fidel was determined to be driving under the influence, according to the CHP. He was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI, felony hit and run, vehicular manslaughter and driving without a license. He was being booked into the Sacramento County Jail late Thursday night.
The CHP is seeking witnesses and information regarding the collision. Anyone with information is asked to call the South Sacramento CHP at (916) 681-2300 or the CHP Communications Center at (916) 861-1300.