A woman died late Thursday afternoon after she was struck by a suspected drunken driver as she walked with a 2-year-old child on a sidewalk in south Sacramento County.
At about 5:50 p.m., Tococh Fidel, 27, was driving a Toyota west on 47th Avenue near Kiessig Avenue when his vehicle drifted across the roadway and onto the north sidewalk, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. The child was not struck or injured, and was later released to his father.
The woman died of her injuries at a hospital. Her name has not been released pending notification of family.
After striking the pedestrian, Fidel lost control of his vehicle, which crossed into the eastbound lanes. It struck a electric utility pole and an eastbound vehicle. That crash led to another one as a vehicle traveling behind Fidel’s Toyota was unable to stop in time and rear-ended another vehicle.
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Fidel drove off but was followed by another driver. Sacramento police officers stopped and detained him near Florin Road and Amherst Drive until CHP officers arrived.
After failing a field sobriety test, Fidel was determined to be driving under the influence, according to the CHP. He was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI, felony hit and run, vehicular manslaughter and driving without a license.
The CHP is seeking witnesses and information regarding the crashes. Anyone with information can call the South Sacramento CHP at (916) 681-2300 or the CHP Communications Center at (916) 861-1300.