Woman Killed in Hit-and-Run Collision in Stockton

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STOCKTON — A homeless woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash around 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon in Stockton.

People living at the homeless camps near the scene described what they saw and heard in the aftermath of that collision.

“I saw all these police out here, so I came to see what was going on,” said Gary Taplin.

Crime scene tape and police cars lined the intersection of Church and South Harrison streets.

“When I got down there, there was a woman lying motionless off the side of the road,” Taplin said.

Esther Garcia is one of dozens staying at a homeless camp set up beneath a bridge along Interstate 5, she is still in shock.

“These youngsters were racing down the road, hit the lady,” she said.

Taplin added that “some car went on the curb, jumped the sidewalk and hit the woman.”

The Stockton Police said a driver going west on Church Street swerved and lost control of their car, striking the woman .

Four people got out of that car and fled the scene in a second vehicle.

The driver and a passenger from the second vehicle, identified as 18-year-old Alberto Villalvazo and 18-year-old Favio Nunez, were later arrested on conspiracy charges. Police are still still looking for the driver of the first vehicle.

Garcia says she doesn’t personally know the woman who died but says many living nearby describe her as an elderly woman who lived at the camp.

“She was older, a nice lady, just a good lady,” Garcia said.

Now, she says the community is mourning.

“Old people, they’re out here with just blankets and nothing else. It hurts, where’s their families at,” Garcia asked.

The victim’s identity is currently unknown, and police haven’t released any suspect information or if anyone is in custody at this time.


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