A 78-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a dump truck in Lafayette, California on June 17, 2014 at approximately 1:15 p.m. The Contra Costa County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Maria White of Pleasant Hill.
The accident occurred near the intersection of El Nido Ranch Road and Happy Valley Road, near Bentley Middle School. Preliminary reports state that Ms. White was crossing in a marked crosswalk; the reason the truck driver struck her remains under investigation.
El Nido Ranch Road runs parallel to Highway 24, and is a predominantly residential road that runs between Lafayette and Orinda. Morning commuters have been known to use the frontage road during heavy traffic back-ups emanating from the Caldecott Tunnel.
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Source: SFGate, "Woman Killed by Dump Truck in Lafayette ID'd," Henry Lee, June 18, 2014.