FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – An 8-year-old girl was killed on Friday night after being struck by a vehicle in Fresno County, according to CHP officials.
Just before 10:00 p.m., officers responded to reports of a vehicle vs. pedestrian incident near Friant Road north of Willow Avenue.
Upon investigation, officers say a 22-year-old woman was driving a Toyota SUV northbound on Friant Road, just north of Willow Avenue when she became the victim of a domestic violence incident by the male passenger identified as 51-year-old Juan Del Toro.
CHP officers say the woman driving the SUV pulled off onto the shoulder of Friant Road as the domestic incident continued.
According to officials, an 8-year-old girl sitting in the backseat ran out of the SUV during the dispute and walked directly into an oncoming vehicle’s path in “heavy fog conditions.”
Authorities say the driver of the second vehicle called CHP and stayed on scene while officers investigated. Officials say the driver was found to not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the crash occurred.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office assisted on the incident and say Toro was arrested for domestic violence charges.
Officers say the woman driving the SUV was arrested by CHP for misdemeanor DUI. According to authorities, she was cited and released to a responsible party, while Toro was booked into the Fresno County Jail.
CHP officials say, a 2-year-old girl was also in the backseat of the SUV when the incident occurred. Officers say she had no injuries and was also transferred to the responsible party.
This is an ongoing investigation.