One woman was killed, and a man seriously injured Friday when a driver hit them while they were walking across Florin Road.
“Everybody don’t use the crosswalk, but it’s best if we do. Instead of walking thinking, oh we got it,” witness Tanya Flowers said.
Flowers was using the crosswalk, just half a block from the scene, when she saw the two victims crossing from the center divide.
“Next thing you know, all I hear is like squealing of tires trying to stop, but was unable to because he was right up on them,” said Flowers.
Flowers said she ran over to check on the victims. When she saw them lying in the center of the road, she says she got nauseous, but called 911.
California Highway Patrol Officer James Fear says it appears to be a terrible, but possibly avoidable accident, and that alcohol did not play a role.
“People standing in the middle of the road, unable to avoid a collision. Besides, the people were walking in the middle of a dark road wearing dark clothing,” said officer Fear.
Flowers said her heart goes out to the victim’s families. Her children’s father was recently involve in a car accident. She says he was hit by a drunk driver, in front of their children.
“We be here for a split second, the next thing we know….none of us know what tomorrow will bring,” said Flowers.
The two victims have not yet been identified.
It is unclear why the they decided to cross in the middle of the street, but that decision cost them at least one life.