EAST PALO ALTO (KCBS) – A 7-year-old girl was hit by a car and killed Wednesday morning as she crossed the street in a crosswalk with her mother and a sibling.
The three were crossing at Bay and Gloria Streets at about 8 a.m. when the girl was hit, according to Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.
The intersection is just two blocks away from an earlier fatal collision, in which a motorcyclist was hit by an SUV that was fleeing police.
”I opened up my front door and I just heard a smack and a baby,” said neighbor Maggie McDuffy. “I came right there and got a little closer and I saw the head, and that was it, I was done.”
Maria Lopez, who lives on Bay Road near where the accident happened, said she went outside after the collision and saw a little girl who appeared to be about 5 years old lying in the street.
She said the girl had been accompanied by an adult, possibly her mother.
Lopez said the driver who struck the girl stopped at the scene. She described the driver as a young woman who appeared to be in her early 20s. There were reports that the driver may be a teacher at a nearby school.
The girl was a student at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, a school employee said.
Police are still investigating how the crash occurred, but according to the dozens of witnesses in the area there was more traffic going through the intersection than usual because of the fatal motorcycle crash.
That accident closed Bay and University Streets, causing drivers to make detours.