Stockton Police Investigating 5th Fatal Car vs Pedestrian, Cyclist Accident in Past Month

STOCKTON -- A 23-year-old woman died after getting hit by a car Saturday morning in Stockton and police believe she may have been riding her bike across the street when she was hit.

The accident happened on Tam O’Shanter Drive near Swain Road around 7 a.m.

For the city of Stockton, this is the latest in a series of fatal car versus pedestrian accidents over the past month or so. The Stockton Police Department says this is a cause for concern, but it really comes down to both drivers and pedestrians being aware at all times of their surroundings.

"It looks like the bicyclist rode her bike out into the roadway when she was struck by a vehicle," said Joe Silva, Stockton Police Department.

The woman died at the hospital and the driver of the vehicle stopped and cooperated with police.

This is the 5th pedestrian death in the past three weeks in Stockton, with Saturday’s accident being the first in the northern part of Stockton in that time frame.

"It is concerning as a police department that we have had so many over the past month. We just want to get the word out for people to use common sense," Silva said.

Stockton police plan to address the issue through public service announcements calling for drivers and pedestrians to be vigilant, especially because all of these accidents vary drastically.

"There’s really no correlation between the traffic fatalities that we have been seeing because they have been occurring all over town, different times of day, different ages. So it all comes down to be aware of your surroundings when you are crossing the street or riding your bicycle," Silva explained.

This is the second bicyclist to be struck and killed since Thursday and with many of the recent incidents involving pedestrians not using a crosswalk, Stockton police say drivers have to be even more careful.

"When you are driving, always be aware of your surroundings. We don’t want you on your cell phone. We don’t want you texting and driving. We don’t want you being distracted because as we see, sometimes pedestrians or bicyclists will dart out into the roadway and you have to have your full attention on the roadway," Silva said.

The investigation into Saturday’s accident is ongoing and it is unknown if speed or distracted driving were also a factor.