Galt resident Debra Jackson, 65, of Galt was hit and killed Sunday, July 18, after she exited her vehicle to talk to another driver. Jackson had pulled to the right shoulder behind another vehicle after hitting debris from an earlier accident. Upon returning to her Chevy Malibu, Jackson was struck by another vehicle whose driver had lost control trying to avoid the debris in the roadway.
According to California Highway Patrol (CHP), the unfortunate chain of events began when an alleged intoxicated driver, 25-year-old Estevan Mora of Stockton, who was driving a 2005 Ford Mustang southbound on Highway 99, made an unsafe turning movement and collided with the center median wall and plastic and metal barriers near Mingo Road.
The impact caused multiple items of debris to fall into the northbound lanes.
CHP was dispatched to the first accident around 5:15 a.m.
While officers were responding, three additional traffic collisions were reported on the northbound side of Highway 99 in the same location. One of those calls was reporting the vehicle vs. pedestrian incident.
A 63-year-old female out of Ione, driving a Toyota Corolla northbound, had struck metal debris from the initial collision. The driver of the Toyota stopped the Corolla on the right shoulder.
A short time later, Jackson struck debris from the original collision. She parked the Malibu on the right shoulder behind the Corolla. She then exited her vehicle and spoke with the driver of the Toyota about the crash. She then began to walk back to her car.
As Jackson was walking back to her vehicle, a 43-year-old male out of Sacramento driving a Toyota Camry northbound observed the debris hanging over the center median and in the roadway. He swerved to avoid the debris, lost control of the Toyota, and struck Jackson while she was walking back to her vehicle.
The impact threw Jackson into an adjacent field, causing fatal injuries, which was subsequently confirmed by Cosumnes Fire Department.
Mora was contacted at the scene and, according to CHP, objective signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication were observed. A DUI investigation was performed, and Mora was arrested and subsequently booked into Sacramento County Jail for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence. He was released later that day.
The driver of the Toyota Camry, which struck the pedestrian, stayed at the scene and cooperated with responding officers and was later released from the scene.