On September 1, 2014 at approximately 4:25 p.m., Maria Guadalupe Valdiva, a 47 year old from Sacramento County was driving a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder w/b on Madison Ave east of Auburn Blvd in the #1 lane at 45 mph in a 45 mph zone, approaching a green light for w/b traffic.
Brianna Norman, an 18 year old from Sacramento County was running in a southerly direction on the north side of Madison Ave, approximately 30 feet east of Auburn Blvd, crossing to get to the south side of Madison, well outside of the painted crosswalk. Norman ran directly in front of Valdiva in the #1 lane. Valdiva was unable to stop her vehicle prior to striking Norman. Norman sustained life threatening injuries at the scene and was transported to Mercy San Juan hospital by Sacramento Metro Fire where she died upon her arrival at the hospital. Valdiva did not sustain any injuries at this collision, nor was her Nissan damaged as a result.
There were several conflicting witness statements at the scene. Some added that there was a red sedan or Nissan pickup that also clipped Norman at the collision scene and then took off. Other witnesses insisted that there was only the Nissan Pathfinder involved at the collision. The CHP will be investigating whether or not there were surveillance videos at the scene and is currently treating this collision as a hit and run until we can rule out the possibility of a second vehicle.
It is unknown if Norman was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs pending a toxicology report. Valdiva was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision.