TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — A pedestrian was struck and killed early Saturday morning near Highway 99 in Tulare County, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officers initially received a report around 2 a.m. of a person lying in the middle of the roadway in the area of southbound Highway 99 and the Avenue 80 offramp, the CHP said. It was unknown at the time whether they were a victim of a pedestrian-involved collision.
The CHP reported minutes later that Tulare County Fire Department crews arrived at the scene and found the victim unconscious on the offramp with a white vehicle occupied by two people pulled over at the scene.
The victim was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia for unknown injuries as crews administered CPR, the CHP said.
The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office reported to the CHP that the person who reported the incident to authorities was the wife of the driver who struck the pedestrian.
Sgt. Michael Wolfe later said the driver of a 1983 Chevrolet was driving north on Bishop Street, south of Avenue 80 near Highway 99, in foggy conditions.
For an unknown reason, the 26-year-old woman, identified as Maria Herrera from Porterville was wearing dark clothing and lying on the ground before the Chevrolet ran over her, Wolfe added.
The woman was declared dead at the hospital, the CHP said.
The family has been notified.
Wolfe said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision.