TURLOCK -- An 8-year-old boy riding his scooter was hit by a car and died Wednesday night in Turlock.
The boy was hit by a westbound Toyota sedan as he was heading south from Panorama Avenue. Just before 7:30 p.m., he was trying to cross West Christoffersen Parkway toward where Sterling Oaks Drive connects at an angle on the other side.
Two other little boys had gone ahead of him on their bikes but he didn't make it to the median on his scooter.
"I tried to call the 911. I see a lot of people tried to call the 911,” said Turlock resident Victor Eshaghzadeh.
Since they were without any adults, Tait tried to comfort the children as everyone waited for help to arrive that could save the boy's life. First responders quickly arrived at the scene of the crash and began treating him. He was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
The Stanislaus County Coroner's Office identified him as 8-year-old David Herrera from Long Beach.
Police said the 18-year-old woman who hit him was not intoxicated and did not appear to be speeding.
People who live near the crash site think they know one thing that may be to blame.
"It was just a freak something, freak happening,” said resident Ian Bailey. “I think the sun was in her eyes the way she was going."
While no one can do anything about the sun, many in the area feel something could be done about the roadway.
"I wish they'd have a crosswalk here, everybody does, all our neighbors do. We've all talked about it," said Robin Tait.
Neighbors say West Christoffersen Parkway has been divided one way in each direction for more than a decade. With soccer fields, schools and skate parks nearby, there are no crosswalks to get drivers' attention and help kids get to where they want to go.
“The Turlock Police Department sends our condolences to the family of all those involved in this tragic incident," stated Capt. Miguel Pacheco in a press release sent by the department Thursday. "The Turlock Police Department will continue to do our best to reduce these incidents from occurring as we work with the public to educate them about safe driving and pedestrian habits."
Anyone who has information about the crash has been asked to call Officer Gavin Allison at 209-668-1200, the Turlock Police Department’s tip line at 209-668-5550, extension 6780, or Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636.