SANTA CLARA -- A 25-year-old woman who was walking on Highway 101 near Great America Parkway was hit and killed by a car around 9 p.m. Wednesday despite efforts of good Samaritans who moved the woman off the roadway and tried to revive her, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The Santa Clara County coroner's office identified her as Azaleah Aglubut of San Jose.

Motorists called the CHP around 8:38 p.m. to report a person stumbling on the roadway and walking into traffic lanes. About 20 minutes later, a BMW driven by a Redwood City woman struck the pedestrian.

The driver of the BMW pulled over and called 911. She remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

Following the collision, the pedestrian's body came to rest in the far right lane of traffic, according to CHP Officer Chris Falkowski. Several motorists pulled to the right shoulder, moved the woman's body off the highway and began lifesaving efforts.

Emergency crews also tried to revive the woman, but she died at the scene.

Generally, the CHP recommends motorists stay in their vehicles and "be good witnesses" following a collision on a freeway. The CHP cites recent cases in the Bay Area where people got out of their vehicles to try and help those involved in a collision and were struck and killed.

But Falkowksi said he understands why the motorists who walked onto the freeway and moved the woman to the right shoulder.


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"It's a really difficult thing to say, from a law enforcement perspective, don't do anything," Falkowski said. "From a human nature perspective, that's how most of us are geared, to go help. We're thankful they were able to move themselves and the pedestrian over to the shoulder.

"If the pedestrian was in the lane for another few minutes, there could have been another accident."

It does not appear the woman who was struck had been driving anywhere in the vicinity, Falkowski said. The CHP is still investigating why the woman was walking on the roadway against the flow of traffic.

The San Jose CHP office is requesting any witnesses to this collision to contact Officer Montano at 408-467-5400 x373.

Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMgomez.