A Santa Rosa woman hit by a car while lying in a Santa Rosa Avenue crosswalk remained hospitalized Tuesday and was expected to survive, reported the CHP.

Melissa Tucker, 29, was run over early in the morning, March 10, at the rural intersection with East Robles Avenue.

Why she was on the road before she was run over remains unknown, said CHP Officer Jon Sloat.

Investigators don't think she was struck by a car and knocked to the ground before she was run over, said Sloat.

"It doesn't look like she was hit by a car first. For whatever reason she was on the ground and was hit," Sloat said.

CHP officers are awaiting toxicology reports to learn if drugs or alcohol were involved, said Sloat.

Tucker was flown to Stanford Medical Center with possibly life-threatening injuries, including head trauma.

CHP officers have been unable to interview her due to her injuries but were told she should make a slow recovery, Sloat said.

That morning at about 7:10 a.m. driver Irvin Sandoval, 24, of Santa Rosa and his wife were headed for church.

The intersection is outside the city limits, but Santa Rosa public works has jurisdiction over the street lights. Neighbors have reported street lights have not been working of late.

Santa Rosa public works officials couldn't be reached Tuesday for comment. Whether the lights were on that morning wasn't clear.

Sandoval told officers he saw something on the road ahead. It was dark, and by the time he realized it was a person he couldn't avoid hitting her, the CHP reported.

Sandoval, an EMT with a local ambulance company, stopped, called for help and began medical aid.

Tucker reportedly had been living in the area temporarily.

Flowers, a teddy bear, candles and other items have been placed at the base of a pole at the intersection as a shrine of sorts for the woman.

You can reach Staff Writer Randi Rossmann at 521-5412 or randi.rossmann@pressdemocrat.com.