Apr 25, 2015 9:47 PM by Cecile Juliette
A tragic accident has claimed the life of two people in north Chico. According to Chico Police, an elderly driver in a late-model sedan drove onto the sidewalk at East Lassen at Northgate Drive around 10:30am Saturday, and hit two people walking a dog. Investigators say a woman was killed instantly, while her male companion died a short time later. It is not clear what caused the driver to leave the road, but neither drugs nor alcohol are considered factors. The elderly man's female companion was treated at the scene for minor injuries. They were scene talking to police, and appeared to be in shock. The elderly female was wrapped in a blanket. The driver was taken to the hospital for a blood draw. East Lassen from Northgate Drive to Cohasset Road was closed for several hours, but has since been reopened. Chico Police are asking any witnesses to come forward with information that can help piece together what happened.