‘We’ve seen many accidents here. This should not happen.’
A 71-year-old woman who was struck by a vehicle on Freeport Boulevard on Jan. 31 has died of her injuries, according to the Sacramento Police Department.
The woman, identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as QiuChang Zhu of Oakland, and a 6-year-old boy were hit by a northbound vehicle as they crossed Freeport Boulevard near Oregon Drive about 3:34 p.m. Police said the boy remains in critical condition.
The driver did not stop, but he turned himself in to Sacramento police hours later. He was identified as 22-year-old Gurdeep Sidhu. He was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run.
The city recently removed crosswalk markings from the intersection where the collision occurred. City officials defended the move, saying city standards indicate a crosswalk is dangerous on high-volume streets if no other safety enhancements are present, such as a traffic light.
California pedestrians have the legal right to cross at any intersection, whether or not there is a painted crosswalk. Cars must stop for crossing pedestrians under state law.