HEMET, California (December 19, 2014) – A teenager and her grandmother identified as Kathy Whitehair, 65, and Chloey Harris, 18, were killed Tuesday night in a pedestrian accident on Highway 74 at 8th Street, according to a press release by the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner and a report by NBC News.
Harris is being hailed as a hero for attempting to push her grandmother out of harm’s way just before the vehicle struck them both. The teen died at the scene about 6 p.m. and her grandmother was taken by Riverside Fire Department to Riverside County Regional Medical Center. Sadly she also died later that night about 11:39 p.m., the report said.
Locals who live in the area say the location where the crash took place is unlit and especially dangerous for pedestrians. There are no street lights in the area and crosswalks are especially far apart so many pedestrians cross in this unsafe location.
Hemet Police are heading up an investigation into the crash to determine liability.
“This is a tragedy for this family as they cope with such a huge loss,” said Attorney James Johnson.
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