Pedestrian killed in sidewalk crash was Santa Rosa woman

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A pedestrian killed Friday after being hit by a car in west Santa Rosa was identified Monday as a Santa Rosa woman.

The woman was Juanmin Liao, 58, the Sonoma County Coroner’s Office said. Liao was walking on a Cleveland Avenue sidewalk Friday about 3:50 p.m. when she was hit by a car whose driver had lost control in a collision, Santa Rosa police said.

Driver Deyvi Javier Pineda Arita, 20, of Santa Rosa hit her after he drove his Subaru up onto the sidewalk, police said. Arita had been southbound on Cleveland and was changing lanes to pass a car at the same time another vehicle turned onto Cleveland. One driver swerved to avoid a collision, but the Subaru swiped the front driver’s side of a Lexus driven by Jacob Elias Elliot, 18, of Santa Rosa. The Subaru then went onto the sidewalk and into a building, police said.

Liao died in the impact. Arita was treated for his injuries at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and released. Elliot wasn’t injured. The crash remained under investigation Monday.

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