Santa Rosa Police are investigating two pedestrian deaths in just six days.
The most recent: occurred Wednesday morning about 7 a.m. when a man was struck and killed while jaywalking on Stony Point Road on the city's west side.
Richard Anthony Burns, 53, was crossing the busy road, south of Hearn Avenue near Barnside Lane. He was steps away from making it to the other side when he was hit.
"I'm right there and I see something, 'boom'," witness Amelia Corona told KTVU.
Corona was on her front lawn in the rain, adjusting some drains, when she saw Burns get flung against her mailbox.
"I go to help him, and I said 'sir, sir', but then he died," said Corona sadly.
Police say in heavy rain and dim morning light, the 18 year old driver who hit Burns didn't see him, and never braked.
"This man was practically invisible as he was crossing," said witness Susan Hirte, who was driving to work in the opposite direction and saw the impact.
"He flew through the air, and it was horrific, and so I quickly pulled over and called 911," said Hirte.
Stony Point is a fast-moving north-west corridor many people use instead of the freeway when Highway 101 backs up.
But in six months, four pedestrians have died on the roadway.
That includes a young college student who was crushed by a dump truck that was making a turn.
Some residents believe safety could be improved with better signs, lights, and additional crosswalks so people aren't tempted to dash across. The deaths have been highly visible.
"I had the unfortunate experience of seeing the girl under the dump truck," said Hirte, "and it's frightening because it shows how quickly any of us can go, those people are gone."
Across town, another family grieves for 25 year old Michael Campbell, who was killed last Friday by a hit and run driver who later turned himself in.
"He was like my son, and he shouldn't have just been left there like garbage," said Pattie Kirchanski, whose daughter Victoria has dated Campbell since they were teenagers.
Campbell was dear to the Kirchanski family, and they don't understand why the young apprentice electrician, was left to die along Highway 12 in Rincon Valley.
"He was on his way here from a friend's house, and he was on the phone with my daughter at the time," sobbed Kirchanski, "and 12:58 a.m. that was when the conversation ended."
Kirchanski's tearful message to drivers?
"You can damage lives and families, this ruined numerous families just by one person's actions."
At the crash on Stony Point Road, the driver did stop immediately, was cooperative, and showed no signs of impairment.
"I can't tell you that Stony Point is, in and of itself, more dangerous than any other roadway," SRPD accident investigator Jeff Adams told KTVU.
Officer Adams said people often minimize how dangerous jaywalking is.
"What I like to say to people, is do you have kids that are small? Well would you let your kids do what you just did and run out into the road?"
Such tragedies leave lasting trauma all around.
The two women who rushed to the side of Richard Burns stayed with him until the end.
"When they pulled the sheet over him, and we knew he was dead, poor Amelia just cried on my neck and we hugged," said Susan Hirte. "So I was glad to be there with her, and I was glad she was there to be with me."