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Pedestrian hit and killed by car in Orangevale

A woman died after being struck by a car while crossing an Orangevale street.

Sara J. Gutshall, 82, of Orangevale was pronounced dead Tuesday night at Mercy San Juan Medical Center where she was taken after being hit by a car on Central Avenue east of Trajan Drive.

The California Highway Patrol reported that a driver was traveling westbound on Central Avenue approaching Trajan Drive at about 6:30 p.m. Gutshall was walking in a northerly direction across the westbound traffic lane, outside of a marked crosswalk, according to the CHP.

A setting sun blinded the driver from seeing Gutshall, causing her to be struck by his car, the CHP press release stated. The collision remains under investigation.

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