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Drunk driving suspected in collision that killed Sacramento runner

Theresa McCourt was the first Run to Feed the Hungry women’s winner in 1994.
Theresa McCourt was the first Run to Feed the Hungry women’s winner in 1994.

The man who hit and killed prominent Sacramento runner Theresa McCourt was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, according to the California Highway Patrol.

McCourt, 58, was hit by a vehicle last week in south Sacramento and was hospitalized through the weekend before she died Sunday night.

McCourt, who was memory impaired, went missing from her home in the 4200 block of U Street about 9 a.m. Thursday, Sacramento police said. Officers searched the neighborhood and other locations into the evening.

At about midnight, Sacramento police were notified by the California Highway Patrol that she had been hit by a vehicle.

McCourt was walking in the roadway westbound on 47th Avenue in an eastbound lane, according to the CHP. She was hit by a vehicle driven by Andre Pointer, 41, of Sacramento at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday.

Pointer saw McCourt in the path of his vehicle and slammed on his brakes but was unable to stop, the CHP said. McCourt was transported to the hospital.

She was reported in critical condition Friday. She died Sunday night, not long after being taken off life support.

Pointer remained at the scene of the crash, according to the CHP. After interviewing him, officers determined that Pointer was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and booked into Sacramento County Jail.

Whether Pointer will face manslaughter charges depends on what extent alcohol contributed to the collision compared to other factors, according to CHP spokesman Officer Michael Bradley.

McCourt wrote a column on running for The Bee from 1990 to 1998. She was also known for her quick times during her early running years, having clocked a 2-hour, 50-minute marathon.

She won the inaugural Run to Feed the Hungry 10K through East Sacramento in 1994 in a time of 38:17.

The Manchester, England-reared McCourt for a time, when she was a young mother, helped organize a group of stroller-pushing parents who went by the informal name of “Moms on M Street,” or “Mums on M Street,” as she put it.

The M Street stroller group said they made the walk through East Sacramento for the exercise and camaraderie.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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