Family and friends of the teen who was killed in a hit-and-run collision early Tuesday morning in the Meadowview neighborhood took to social media to mourn her death.
Latricia Bean, who said she was the victim’s cousin, identified the girl as 17-year-old Onaya Davis. Bean said Davis lived with her father near the site of the hit-and-run crash.
“It’ll never be the same, love you beautiful,” Bean wrote in a Facebook post that included a photograph of Davis smiling for the camera.
The young woman was one of two pedestrians killed by motorists in the predawn hours in Sacramento County on Tuesday.
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The first pedestrian, who remained unidentified Tuesday evening, was struck in North Highlands at Elkhorn Boulevard and Walerga Road at about 4:40 a.m.
California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Chad Hertzell said the woman was jaywalking when she stepped from the curb in front of a sport-utility vehicle traveling eastbound.
The pedestrian was in the crosswalk, but the SUV had a green light, Hertzell said. The driver, who stopped after the crash, did not see the pedestrian in the dark, he said.
Then, at about 6 a.m., Sacramento police responded to the Meadowview neighborhood where another pedestrian, Davis, was struck and killed by an unknown driver. The fatal impact occurred on Meadowview Road and Coral Gables Court, near 24th Street.
The teen, who KCRA reported was on her way to school, died at the scene of the incident despite the efforts of Sacramento Fire Department medical personnel to save her. Police said the motorist drove away after hitting the teen.
The hit-and-run vehicle was initially believed to be a white SUV or pickup truck, but officers later said that they did not have a good description of the vehicle.
Police planned to examine video from a nearby police POD camera, which has an ability to read license plates.
“Whatever vehicle was involved, it is likely to have front end damage as a result of this collision,” said Officer Matthew McPhail, a police spokesman.