Woman hit in crosswalk accident dies

Driver in accident is from Danville

One of two people hit in a Pleasanton crosswalk on Oct. 13 has died.

"We received word that the female pedestrian succumbed to her injuries last night," a Pleasanton police news release said. "The extent of her injuries and the exact cause of death are not known to the police department at this time."

The names of the driver and those who were hit are not being released by police.

The woman and her husband were crossing Santa Rita Road at a crosswalk near Francsco Street at about 8:37 p.m. last Sunday. Both sustained what police described as "severe injuries" and were taken to Eden Hospital.

Pleasanton Police Sgt. Robert Leong said hospital officials described the man in "serious but alert" condition as of Tuesday.

The driver, identified as a 49-year-old Danville resident, stopped at the scene and is cooperating with police.

Flashing yellow lights embedded in the Santa Rita Road crosswalk had been removed earlier; yellow warning lights on posts facing traffic in both directions were operating when the couple crossed Santa Rita.

City workers have yet to explain why the embedded lights were removed, although their positions on Santa Rita are marked in red as if the the city planned to replace them.

Leong said the couple was crossing from the Amador Center shopping center, apparently headed to their home.

The crash closed Santa Rita Road for several hours Sunday night. The Pleasanton Police Department's Special Operations Unit were called out and will be handling the investigation.

The cause of the accident has not been determined.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.


Posted by concerned citizen, a resident of Danville
on Oct 16, 2013 at 7:06 am

Wow! This is an unfortunate tragedy. What's even more disturbing is that they were crossing at a crosswalk where the flashing yellow lights had been removed. Those lights are imperative in protecting the safety of pedestrians when facing the challenge of crossing a highly busy street like Santa Rita Road. I would love to see some accountability from the city workers who removed these lights. It says the cause of the accident hasn't been determined, but I would argue it's because the flashing warning lights indicating people are in crosswalk failed to notify drivers that folks were walking in the middle of the street. At 8:30pm it is very dark. I'm sure the driver just didn't see them and is now responsible for injuring two people. So sad...

Unfortunately, this driver and these pedestrians are the victims here. I'm sure there will be no answers with regards to government responsibility and their negligence resulting in the loss of this woman's life. This is going to become a blame shift much like the SF Fire Department whereby they just remove the cameras rather than be held responsible for their actions.

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Posted by Janey, a resident of Danville
on Oct 16, 2013 at 8:49 am

I see people crossing all the time without continuing to look in the direction of the stopped or oncoming cars. I have even seen people just start crossing without making sure that cars are stopping. Some people get a false sense of security when they cross in a crosswalk as if they CAN'T be hit by a car if they are inside the crosswalk. That is foolish and deadly thinking! I think that Pedestrians are to blame for this accident. At 8:30pm they should have know it is hard to be seen at night and take extra care to keep themselves safe. Also, the lights were taken out so they could be replaced. Too many of the lights were broken or not lighting up. The city has the obligation to replace broke lights. The city was doing the right thing.

Posted by Claudette, a resident of another community
on Oct 16, 2013 at 10:33 am

Very very sad. No one wanted this to happen, but it did. The city wanted to be responsible and replace lights that weren't working correctly. The driver operated his vehicle counting on the lights to tell him if it was his time to cross. The pedestrians followed the plan of walking in the cross walk.

Often times, and I am on the road regularly, pedestrians do not look for "Eye Contact" with drivers before and while crossing. I've always taught my kids to not depend on lights because the lights can't hurt them, cars can and drivers can get distracted, as I have myself. I tell them make "Eye Contact" with the driver to be sure they see you, then cross in front of the car, in the crosswalk when the light gives you the right to cross.

Everyone pushes the envelope on intersections. Cars and people crossing. Lights vary on times in which they change colors so it can be hard to know if you can drive through the yellow lights or have enough time to walk across safely. Either way the LIGHTS NEED to be WORKING AT ALL TIMES, or they should NOT BE WORKED ON. Temporary Lights can be placed in positions, in the rare cases that work is not completed. The City needs to take Partial responsibility in this situation.

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