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Second elderly woman dies from Friday crash involving 16-year-old driver, CHP says

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A second 72-year-old pedestrian has died from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle Friday morning while walking in a Carmichael neighborhood, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The second victim died Saturday at the hospital, succumbing to major injuries from the collision, CHP North Sacramento spokesman Officer Mike Zerfas said Monday.

The coroner’s office has identified the first victim as Peggy McClendon, also 72, of Carmichael. The second victim’s identity will be released by the coroner’s office pending notification of family.

The crash involved two women walking along the right shoulder of Arden Way about 9:30 a.m. Friday when they were hit by a 16-year-old girl driving westbound on Arden Way, Zerfas said Friday. The teen swerved to the right for unknown reasons and struck the two 72-year-old women near the 5500 block of Arden Way, Zerfas said.

A CHP news release noted that the involved stretch of Arden Way does not have a sidewalk.

Both women sustained major injuries from the collision and were transported from the scene of the crash to the hospital, where McClendon died Friday and the second woman died Saturday, according to Zerfas.

Zerfas said the investigation is still active and in early stages, and details are further limited because the involved driver is a minor.

Zerfas said Friday the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities, and that drugs or alcohol did not appear to play a role in the collision. The driver was uninjured.

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