Stanislaus Co. crime tech hit by vehicle in Hughson, Calif., dies at hospital

5:05 PM, Dec 30, 2011   |    comments
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HUGHSON, CA - A Stanislaus County sheriff's crime technician died after being struck by a small SUV at Charles Street and Santa Fe Avenue in Hughson Friday morning.

According to the California Highway Patrol,, the technician was hit by a 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara as she walked eastbound toward a residence on the east side of Santa Fe around 6:30 a.m. 

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson later identified the technician as 46-year-old Mary Donahou. She was investigating a crime scene at the time.

Donahou was transported to Memorial Hospital with major injuries where she later died.

Sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Bejaran said Donahou worked for the sheriff's department for nine years. She is survived by a 12-year-old son.

The driver of the Suzuki, Elizabeth Quiroga, 38, of Hughson, is a police dispatcher who was on her way to work. She stopped and cooperated with authorities, according to officials.

The CHP says it was dark out, clear and cool at the time. Neither alcohol nor drugs was suspected.

Quiroga was not charged in what is being called a "tragic accident."


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