CARMICHAEL -- Two 72-year-old women were out for their morning walk in Carmichael Friday morning when a car hit them.
The women were on the shoulder of Arden Way near McClaren Drive when the car veered out of the main lane, striking and killing them.
One of the victims has been identified as Peggy McClendon. The other woman’s name has not yet been released by the coroner’s office.
"Two mothers are gone, sisters gone, grandmothers gone," said friend and neighbor Dean Kingsbury. "So it’s sad. We’re still reeling."
On Monday, the area was marked with candles and flowers as the whole neighborhood mourned.
"Every single day they went on their walk," Kingsbury told FOX40. "It was quite the inspiration for the rest of us to get out and move. They were the sweetest two ladies."
The driver responsible is a 16-year-old girl. She stayed at the scene and is fully cooperating with the investigation.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating why she swerved into the women.
"We’re looking at, I mean, every angle that you could think of as far as what could have happened as to why (she) drifted onto the shoulder," said North Sacramento CHP Officer Amy Walker.
Officers say drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash.
"This is just a huge tragedy for all the families involved, for the community involved," Walker said.
Some neighbors began calling for a sidewalk to be built where the women were hit, saying the shoulder of the road is just not safe for pedestrians.
"I try to warn people, 'Don’t walk your dog there because it’s dangerous,'" said one neighbor.
In the meantime, investigators have some advice for anyone walking near the busy intersection.
"If a driver doesn’t see you or for some reason misses you, you want to make sure you’re paying enough attention so you can get out of the way so you don’t get run over," Walker said.