18-year-old woman struck, killed by vehicle at Sacramento Co. intersection

SACRAMENTO - A young woman was struck and killed by one vehicle and possibly a second one in Sacramento Monday afternoon.

The California Highway Patrol identified the 18-year-old as Brianna Norman.

The collision was at Auburn Boulevard and Madison Avenue just before 4:30 p.m., according to CHP.

Norman suffered life-threatening injuries when she was struck by a woman driving a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder westbound on Madison Avenue.

CHP identified the driver as 47-year-old Maria Guadalupe Valdiva of Sacramento County. She was not injured..

Norman appeared to dart into traffic outside of the intersection crosswalk. She had just come out of a 7-Eleven convenience store on the corner and was on southbound Madison when she was struck by the Nissan.

"She was about 30 feet east of the intersection, way outside the crosswalk," CHP Officer Chad Hertzell explained.

Norman's friend, Tabatha Manzanilla, was shocked when she found about her friend's death,

"I hugged her goodbye today and we were supposed to go to a restaurant," Manzanilla said tearfully. "I was calling her phone and I didn't know why she didn't answer."

Norman had just graduated from Foothill High School.

"She's my next door neighbor. She's very smart, a good person," Manzanilla said. "I wish I would have been with her."

Valdiva stopped. She was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

There were conflicting witness reports that a red Nissan, possibly a sedan or pick-up truck, also hit the teen and fled the scene.

CHP is treating the crash as a hit and run until they can rule out the possibility of a second vehicle.

"Madison and Auburn is very busy and dangerous," Hertzell said. "We always encourage pedestrians to cross the crosswalk."

Other drivers said they have to constantly watch out for pedestrians.

"We drive through here and we see a lot people jaywalking," driver Art Lacurgy said. "They don't wait for lights."

Manzanilla said she never saw Norman jaywalk before. The only comfort, she said, was knowing that she and Norman had recently had several conversations about God.

"I know she's OK, she's safe," Manzanilla said. "And I know I will see her again."

Hertzell said it wasn't known if any charges will be filed. The investigation is ongoing but Hertzell said it was unlikely Valdiva will face charges since it appeared Norman ran into the street and was not in a crosswalk.

CHP investigators asked anyone with information to come forward.


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