So far this year, four people in San Jose have perished in a car accident. Two of those deaths came as a result of a pedestrian accident in San Jose where a car struck an unassuming pedestrian.
The latest of those accidents happened just recently and claimed the life of a 77-year-old woman. Law enforcement refused to release the identity of the victim until they were able to notify her family.
Police responded to the accident, which happened near the intersection of Oakland Road and Rock Avenue at around 6:47 a.m. Police stated that the woman was in the road when she was hit. A northbound-traveling 1999 green Honda Civic struck the pedestrian in the early morning hours and emergency crews brought her to Regional Medical Center to be treated for her injuries. Doctors pronounced the woman dead at 8:46 a.m.
The driver of the Honda remained at the scene of the accident and cooperated with police during their investigation. He allowed law enforcement to examine him for signs of alcohol use. Police stated that the man did not appear to be operating under the influence at the time of the crash. Those few details were the only ones officers planned to release concerning the crash.
The city's other pedestrian death of the year happened just a matter of days ago near the intersection Meridian Avenue and West San Carlos Street. A woman in her 40s was struck by an Acura Legend as the vehicle traveled north on Meridian. Police have not yet released the identity of that victim either.
In the warm climates of California, bicyclists and pedestrians are out in high volumes all year around. Many accidents of this nature could be avoided if motorists simply practiced more caution while driving.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, "San Jose pedestrian, 77, killed," Michael Cabanatuan, Feb. 12, 2012