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* Saint Helena Police Identify Therene Pierrette as Driver of Truck That Allegedly Killed Elsie “Alice” Stefani in Accident

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Saint Helena police have identified Therene Pierrette, 52, of Calistoga as the driver of the Toyota Rav4 that struck and killed an elderly woman in a crosswalk Thursday evening. Pierrette was not cited for any traffic offenses at the scene and  the incident is still under investigation, police Cpl Ramon Jovel said this afternoon. Police interviewed witnesses late Friday, he said. Elsie “Alice” Stefani, 82, of Saint Helena was walking east in the north crosswalk of Main Street and Fulton Road in Saint Helena around 5:50 p.m. Thursday, police said. Traffic on Fulton Road stopped to wait for her but Pierrette’s Toyota, that was turning north from Madrona Drive, did not yield and struck Stefani from behind, trapping Stefani beneath the vehicle, police said. Pierrette was returning home from her job in Saint Helena, Joval said. The Saint Helena Fire Department and Piner’s Ambulance Service responded to the incident. Stefani died at 6:58 p.m. at Santa Rosa Memorial
Hospital, the Sonoma County coroner’s office said. There is no indication alcohol was involved in the incident,  police said. It was the second pedestrian fatality in the North Bay in two days. Michelle Cordova, 15, of Santa Rosa, was killed when she was struck by a car in a crosswalk on West College Avenue in Santa Rosa Wednesday evening. The driver in that incident, Orion Swank, 22, of Santa Rosa, has not been cited for a traffic offense and Santa Rosa police said speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the incident.

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