San Jose: Driver kills pedestrian using walker then flees, police say

SAN JOSE — A driver hit and killed a woman using a walker then fled the scene at one of the city’s busiest intersections Wednesday night, according to San Jose police.

In a grim repetition, the deadly crash marked the second instance this month at the same intersection where a person needing mobility assistance was hit and killed by a hit-and-run driver. On April 1, 37-year-old Vanessa Arce was using a wheelchair to navigate the intersection when a motorist hit her then sped away.

The Wednesday collision was reported just after 8:30 p.m. on Monterey Highway just north of Curtner Avenue, near where the Plant shopping center, Oak Hill memorial park and the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds converge.

According to an initial police investigation, a woman was using a walker to cross Monterey Highway from east to west when she was hit by a vehicle. She was rushed to a local hospital where she died from her injuries.

Her name was not immediately released pending her formal identification and notification of her next of kin by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.

Meanwhile, no description of either the fleeing driver or the vehicle that hit the woman have been released as of Thursday morning.

The victim was the 16th person killed in a roadway collision in San Jose this year, and the third pedestrian death.

Anyone with information about the crash can contact the SJPD traffic investigations unit at 408-277-4654.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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