Woman hit and killed by car in Central Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Heavy hearts lingered on the corner of Millbrook and Shields long after paramedics left.

As witnesses of the deadly crash comforted one another, police officers questioned the visibly terrified driver.

"It got to a point where he was shaking so bad he laid on the ground, he was feeling very sick you could tell," said Elizabeth Garcia.

Garcia and her daughter were running errands in the area when they heard screaming and yelling. Police say a woman in her 40s was in the crosswalk when a pickup making a right hand turn onto Shields hit and killed her. The driver had a green light, but the pedestrian was also crossing the street at the proper time. The collision happened on Thursday around 4:40 p.m.

"Some witnesses say they didn't see her until after she was struck, so they weren't sure if she had tripped or fallen, but the driver stated that he did not see her prior to the collision," said Lt. Jennifer Horsford with Fresno Police.

While the driver and a few others pulled over immediately to help, witnesses say others continued like nothing ever happened.

"Even after she got run over, the traffic was still trying to keep going. Some utility truck stopped and actually protected the two lanes," said Garcia.

Families say this deadly accident is a lesson to us all.

"Pay attention when you are crossing. Don't assume they are going to stop," said Garcia.

Officers don't believe drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash. The driver is not facing charges as the investigation continues. The name of the victim has not yet been released.
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