“I don’t want anybody else to get hurt on this street like that;” neighbors speak after fatal crash

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Officers walking through broken glass late Monday night, trying to shine light on what lead up to the crash, that took the life of 21-year-old Paige Alexander.

Alexander, a Clovis Community College student.

“We heard a big old screeching noise, then we heard a big old boom and then another boom,” neighbor Josephine Lewis said.

“It literally shook the house, and everybody took off running,” Lekeshia Harris said. 

Lewis and daughter Harris live on the other side of the wall.

Monday night, Lewis’s 20-year-old grandson ran toward the crash.

“He tried to help her, and it was already too late,” Lewis said. “His biggest fear is, he couldn’t save her, and that hurts my heart.”

Collision reconstruction crews spent hours on scene, Monday. 

Officials say, Alexander may have hit the center median.

“From what witnesses are telling us, she might have been speeding, and she lost control and hit the tree,” Fresno Police Department Lt. Charlie Chamalbide said Monday night. “It might not be speed, we don’t know, but they’re going to try to determine that.”

Tuesday, motorcycle officers working the area, pulling over drivers, making at least 10 stops while we were there.

Lewis and Harris cheering them on.

“They speed through here like it’s a freeway,” Lewis said. “I think they need to be out here a lot more, honestly.”

“I don’t want anybody else to get hurt on this street like that,” Harris said. “If that wall wasn’t there, that could’ve hurt my mom.”

Clovis Community has released this statement to us saying in part, quote, “We are deeply saddened to learn Ms. Alexander was our student and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time. We offer our deepest condolences on behalf of the college.”

School officials also say, they will make health and counseling services available to students, starting Wednesday. 

Reporting live in Fresno, Megan Rupe.

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