VALLE VISTA, RIVERSIDE COUNTY (December 16, 2014) – Teenager Chloey Harris and her grandmother, Kathy Whitehair were tragically killed Tuesday evening when a car struck them as they were attempting to cross the street.
The incident happened minutes before 6:00 p.m. at 8th Street and Florida Avenue also known as Highway 74. They were attempting to cross the road when they were struck by a silver Toyota sedan. Both women were fatally injured. Chloey Harris, 18 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene. Kathy Whitehair, 65 years old, succumbed to her injuries later at Riverside County Regional Medical Center. Tragically, Harris was recently reunited with her father, Chris Whitehair, only three months prior as they were beginning to build their relationship. Chris Whitehair also lost his mother, Kathy, in this tragic accident.
It is unknown if the driver of the car that struck them was under the influence of drugs or alcohol as an investigation is pending. In California, pedestrians have the right of way even when they are in unmarked crosswalks. An investigation will determined what happened and who was at fault. The families of Chloey Harris and Kathy Whitehair might be able to make a wrongful death claim against the driver of the car that struck them. Nearby residents believe the area is not well lit which may have contributed to the accident.
Our deepest condolences go out to the families who lost their loved ones in such an unexpected and tragic accident.