34-Year-Old Woman Fatally Struck in Pedestrian Collision near Franz Valley Road

SANTA ROSA, CA (January 20, 2022) – A pedestrian crash on Porter Creek Road left Melissa Sanders killed Friday night.

According to the police, the incident occurred around 10:45 p.m., near Franz Valley Road. Emergency crews responded to the scene shortly after.

Investigators later determined that a motorist struck the victim while standing close to her disabled vehicle.

Upon impact, the female victim sustained life-threatening injuries and died at the scene. Although, authorities have not yet released her identity.

The surrounding area was closed off for a brief time during cleanup and preliminary duties. However, the road has since reopened to traffic.

Meanwhile, Santa Road Officials are still currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. Once available, further details will be provided.


No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. Deepest condolences and sympathies are with the family and friends of Melissa Sanders.


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