A 23-year-old woman is dead and a 31-year-old man was seriously injured when they were struck by a big rig just after 6 a.m. Wednesday on the northwest outskirts of Fresno, the California Highway Patrol said.
On Thursday, the Fresno County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as Laraib Tahir, 23, of Fresno. The CHP identified the man as Elliott Alexander Tipton, 31, of Fresno.
The collision happened at Shaw and Garfield avenues west of Highway 99.
According to the CHP report, Tahir and Tipton were standing on the north side of Shaw just east of Garfield when they suddenly walked or ran across Shaw in front the westbound tractor-trailer rig. The driver of the rig told the CHP he was traveling about 40-45 mph and immediately hit his brakes but hit both pedestrians.
Tahir died at the scene. Tipton was rushed to a hospital with major injuries.
The investigation is continuing, and CHP said it hasn’t been determined if drugs or alcohol played a factor.