LANCASTER – A 46-year-old woman died Friday night after she was hit by a car while crossing a dimly lit street in east Lancaster, authorities said.
The fatal collision happened around 10:25 p.m. Friday on Avenue J, near Rodin Avenue, according to Sgt. Dave Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
“Preliminary information gathered at the scene revealed the driver of a 1989 Toyota Camry was travelling west on Avenue J in the number one lane at 40-45 miles per hour. The victim was crossing Avenue J northbound, near Rodin Avenue, and was struck by the Camry,” Jennings stated.
The driver, a 48-year-old man, stopped immediately and called for emergency services, according to Jennings.
“The section of Avenue J where the collision occurred is dimly lit, and the victim was wearing dark clothing. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision,” Jennings stated.
Onlookers at the scene argued with investigators.
The onlookers said the car was speeding when it slammed into the victim and threw her at least 50 feet from the point of impact. A cane, that witnesses said belonged to the victim, could be seen wedged between the driver’s side door and side mirror of the vehicle.
The victim, whose name was not released pending next of kin notification, was pronounced dead at the scene. Friends at the scene said it was the victim’s birthday and she had been on her way to celebrate.
The collision remains under investigation. No arrests have been made in connection with the collision.
UPDATED 1/12/14: The victim has been identified as Sandra J. Henderson of Lancaster, according to the Los Angeles County Coroners Office. Henderson had just turned 46 on Friday, Jan. 10, the day of the fatal collision. Henderson was known to friends and loved ones as “Jeannie”.