Police identify mother killed on Highway 1, questions still remain

Santa Cruz police are investigating a crash that killed a 23-year-old mother.It happened early Thursday morning at the intersection of River Street and where Highway 1 becomes a city street.The woman was identified as Midori Montalvo of Santa Cruz.She was crossing the street with her 4-year-old daughter when they were both struck by a car. The child survived and is recovering.Highway 1 at River Street is one of the busiest roadways in the city. Caltrans and the city have been working on improvements here for drivers and pedestrians since last year.The mother and her 4-year-old daughter were crossing the intersection when they were struck by a car traveling northbound.”The driver was completely cooperative with the investigation and there were no symptoms of any kind of intoxication,” said Santa Cruz Police Chief, Bernie Escalante.Police believe that Midori Montalvo and her daughter were not within a designated crosswalk at the time of the crash said Escalante.”The initial investigation up to this point appears the driver had a green light and the pedestrian were outside of the crosswalk and walking against a red light,” said Escalante. Police report that this intersection has had a number of deadly collisions involving pedestrians.People who cross here regularly say the intersection is a real challenge, especially during the day.”In the daytime, it’s dangerous as well, you gotta be careful, you just got to watch your surroundings you know.” said, Walter Tinsley of Santa Cruz.Caltrans and the city are working on an ‘intersection improvement project’ which began last year.It includes widening a section of River Street between Highway 1 and Fern Street and improving pedestrian access.”As we know it’s a popular location for pedestrian traffic, especially late at night. I mean, that’s a freeway. It’s not crossing a small inter-city street here in the city,” said Escalante.Police are still trying to answer some key questions like: Why was the mother and daughter in the intersection at 1 a.m.

Santa Cruz police are investigating a crash that killed a 23-year-old mother.

It happened early Thursday morning at the intersection of River Street and where Highway 1 becomes a city street.

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The woman was identified as Midori Montalvo of Santa Cruz.

She was crossing the street with her 4-year-old daughter when they were both struck by a car. The child survived and is recovering.

Highway 1 at River Street is one of the busiest roadways in the city. Caltrans and the city have been working on improvements here for drivers and pedestrians since last year.

The mother and her 4-year-old daughter were crossing the intersection when they were struck by a car traveling northbound.

“The driver was completely cooperative with the investigation and there were no symptoms of any kind of intoxication,” said Santa Cruz Police Chief, Bernie Escalante.

Police believe that Midori Montalvo and her daughter were not within a designated crosswalk at the time of the crash said Escalante.

“The initial investigation up to this point appears the driver had a green light and the pedestrian were outside of the crosswalk and walking against a red light,” said Escalante.

Police report that this intersection has had a number of deadly collisions involving pedestrians.

People who cross here regularly say the intersection is a real challenge, especially during the day.

“In the daytime, it’s dangerous as well, you gotta be careful, you just got to watch your surroundings you know.” said, Walter Tinsley of Santa Cruz.

Caltrans and the city are working on an ‘intersection improvement project’ which began last year.

It includes widening a section of River Street between Highway 1 and Fern Street and improving pedestrian access.

“As we know it’s a popular location for pedestrian traffic, especially late at night. I mean, that’s a freeway. It’s not crossing a small inter-city street here in the city,” said Escalante.

Police are still trying to answer some key questions like: Why was the mother and daughter in the intersection at 1 a.m.

Contributed by local news sources

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