Woman, Child Injured in Hit-and-Run on Freeport Boulevard; Suspect Turns Himself In

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SOUTH SACRAMENTO -- An elderly woman and a child were hospitalized Wednesday after a car struck them on Freeport Boulevard and drove away.

(Photo Courtesy: Sacramento Police Department) Gurdeep Sidhu, 22

Around 3:30 p.m., Sacramento police officers arrived at Freeport Boulevard and Oregon Drive where a 71-year-old and 6-year-old had been hit by a car.

Both victims were transported to UC Davis Medical Center and are in critical condition, according to the Sacramento Police Department.

The driver, 22-year-old Gurdeep Sidhu, later turned himself in and has been charged with felony hit-and-run.

Neighbors fear the area is unsafe for pedestrians

Several schools, a church with a preschool and Sutterville School Park are in the immediate area where the incident took place. Neighbors told FOX40 the city recently took out a crosswalk as well as signs warning drivers of crossing pedestrians at the intersection where the hit-and-run occurred. Residents say they have no way to cross the road safely.

The City of Sacramento says after receiving complaints about the crosswalk at the intersection of Freeport Boulevard and Oregon Drive they looked into it in August 2017.

A few months later, the crosswalk was removed, although the faded white lines from where it once was can still be seen at the intersection. The city claimed it gave pedestrians a "false sense of security."

The city sent FOX40 the following statement regarding the change to the roadway:

"The investigation concluded that the crosswalk should be removed, per the City’s pedestrian guidelines, the foundation of which are based on federal studies showing that marked crosswalks without a traffic signal may lead to more collisions than no marked crosswalk. That’s because pedestrians may perceive they can proceed without due care."

Those who live or work in the area say the interaction has always been scary to cross, even when there was a crosswalk.

"It's terrifying to cross that street," said Angelina Garcia, who works at Hollywood Hardware at the intersection of Oregon Drive and Freeport Boulevard.

Stay with FOX40 for more updates on this story.

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