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Woman killed trying to cross East Avenue in Livermore

LPD: 26-year-old pedestrian outside of crosswalk when evening collision occurred

A Livermore woman died after being struck by a vehicle while trying to cross East Avenue on Sunday evening, according to city police.

The pedestrian has been identified by the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau as 26-year-old Yaneli Morales.

The fatal incident occurred just before 8:45 p.m. Sunday along East Avenue about 100 feet east of the Jensen Street intersection, said Sgt. Steve Goard, of the Livermore Police Department.

The 26-year-old woman attempted to cross to the north side of East Avenue when she was hit by a vehicle traveling westbound in the No. 2 lane, according to Goard. She had not used the nearby crosswalk at East and Jensen that illuminates when the pedestrian button is pressed, the sergeant said.

That stretch of East Avenue is considered notorious for pedestrian safety concerns by some residents despite the crosswalk beacon at Jensen.

The young woman died at the scene from injuries sustained in the collision.

The driver, whose name hasn't been released, is cooperating with police, and DUI is not considered a factor in the crash. No citation has been issued thus far related to the crash, which remains under investigation, according to Goard.

In the hours after Morales' death, family and friends posted an online remembrance and launched a fundraising campaign for memorial service costs through GoFundMe.

"With heavy hearts we ask that you please donate money to the Morales family. Heartbroken with the loss of Yaneli Morales, a sister, daughter, and an amazing individual who was loved by many. She was a young beautiful women who unexpectedly passed. She was on the intersection of East Avenue and Jensen, walking across the street, when she was hit by a car. She passed on the scene," the GoFundMe organizer stated.

The campaign had raised $12,897 toward its $15,000 goal as of 2:30 p.m. Monday.

The LPD traffic unit continues to investigate the fatal collision, Goard said, and any witnesses are asked to call LPD Officer Chris Starr at 371-4853.

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