Families Pushing for Change After Deadly Car vs. Pedestrian Crash on Fruitridge Road

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Two families made familiar by a fatal pedestrian versus car crash on December 28 are both calling on authorities to address traffic concerns on Fruitridge Road in South Sacramento.

Seventy-four-year-old Amy Hernandez died on December 31, surviving just three days after suffering a traumatic brain injury.

The California Highway Patrol tells FOX40 both parties involved in the crash had the light to go.

Hernandez had the right of way when she began walking across Fruitridge Road at the Intersection of Lawrence Drive on a white walking signal. At the same time, 62-year-old driver Rosalinda Nievez had a solid green light while making a left-hand turn onto Fruitridge Road.

CHP said Nievez was supposed to yield to pedestrians, but claimed she didn’t see Hernandez when she fatally hit her.

“It’s just the way she went. We didn’t lose her to cancer. We didn’t lose her to diabetes. We lost her to someone running her over. For all she gave in her life, she didn’t deserve that,” Hernandez’s granddaughter, Angel Hernandez, said.

The Hernandez family told FOX40 their grandmother walked on Frutiridge Road on a daily basis, usually with her 4-year-old great-granddaughter, Gia, in tow. The only reason she didn’t have Gia with her during the crash is because her mother called in sick to work.

“She wasn’t doing something right. She was negligent. We don’t know why, we weren’t with her, but she killed my grandmother,” Angel Hernandez said.

But the driver of that car told FOX40 that simply was not the case.

“I didn’t see her. Well, I looked straight, you see, and then I looked to the sides, and I don’t see nobody that’s why I turned,” Rosalinda Nievez said.

“She feels bad, you know. She was crying last night, and I was trying to calm her,” Nievez’s daughter, Bianca Nievez, said.

Nievez told FOX40 it was no surprise to her mother that drivers are supposed to yield to pedestrians at the green light because they used to live two houses away from the crash scene.

“As a family, we’re going to see what we can do about changing this,” Hernandez’s daughter, Lila Hernandez, said.

Both families think the lights should be adjusted so that drivers turning left from Lawrence Road onto Fruitridge Road have to wait at a red light while pedestrians cross Fruitridge Road.

CHP told FOX40 Nievez may face a misdemeanor charge of involuntary manslaughter for the fatal crash, but that no charges had yet been determined.

The family of Amy Hernandez has set up a GoFundMe account for anyone who wishes to help with funeral costs. https://www.gofundme.com/hhh4z798

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