An auto-pedestrian accident in Hemet, California, killed a woman on Wednesday night, September 9th. The Riverside County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Monica Garcia, a 56-year-old city resident.
The accident report released by the California Highway Patrol showed that the incident happened around 8:10 p.m. on Highway 74. The investigators said that the preliminary investigation disclosed that a Toyota Tundra struck the woman as she crossed the highway west of 4th Street.
Garcia was reportedly walking to a convenience store when the vehicle struck her on the four-lane corridor. When fire department officials and paramedics arrived at the scene, they found the victim unresponsive and pronounced her dead.
The CHP said that the female driver of the Toyota stopped at the crash site and cooperated with their investigation. The motorist informed the investigators that she failed to see Garcia, who ran across the poorly lit highway. The investigation remains ongoing.
Auto-pedestrian accidents are not uncommon on California roadways, and they are one of the leading causes of crash-related deaths in the state. The Cal-Office of Traffic Safety sees it as a problem that is going from bad to worse.
Drivers and pedestrians contribute to the factors leading to this type of accident and must work together to curb it and reduce the fatality rate. They can achieve this by promoting safe road behaviors for their safety and others.
OTS advises pedestrians to wear bright colors for visibility, cross within the crosswalks, and look in both directions of the road before crossing. On their part, drivers should yield to pedestrians and maintain the speed limit.
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