Pedestrian killed crossing highway |

Pedestrian killed crossing highway

Erika Ekman

A woman was struck by a van and killed Monday evening walking across U.S. Highway 50 at Fairway Avenue in front of the Bijou Center.

The driver of the GMC Vandura van that struck her apparently was blinded by sunlight as she made a left-hand turn onto the highway from Fairway Avenue. The accident occurred at about 7:50 p.m.

The victim, whose identity was not released at press time Monday night, was struck on the right side of her body, pulled underneath the van and dragged about 35 feet. Broken eyeglasses and pieces of a plastic beverage cup lay strewn on the road beside her.

A witness said the woman was aware of the van and tried to fend off the accident just before she was hit.

“She threw her hands up and she knew she was about to get hit by a car,” South Lake Tahoe resident Ian Morris said. “The van drove right over the top of her. It just took her under – sucked her right under.”

A passenger in the vehicle, who didn’t identify himself, said the driver, a woman believed to be in her 20s, was blinded by sunlight. He said he also did not see the woman in the crosswalk.

“I didn’t see her at all. I didn’t even know she was there until she was … you know,” the passenger said.

The woman’s body was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital for identification.

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