Elderly Pedestrian Killed in Palo Alto

The woman, in her 70s, was killed while crossing Embarcadero Road.


Palo Alto Police report that an elderly woman in her 70s was struck and killed by a pickup truck Friday night. Her name has not yet been released.

The driver, a woman in her 30s, immediately stopped her vehicle and is cooperating with police.

Officer Sean Downey, PAPD, offers a narrative of what happened, “The initial investigation revealed that a Palo Alto resident in her seventies had been crossing Embarcadero Road southbound on foot between Walnut Drive and Bret Harte Street. There is no crosswalk in that area. A 2001 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck heading eastbound in the number one lane of Embarcadero Road struck the pedestrian. The driver of the vehicle, a San Jose resident in her thirties, immediately stopped at the scene and is fully cooperating with the investigation.

“Paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department transported the pedestrian to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead by medical personnel.”

The accident happened at 8 p.m. PAPD’s Specialized Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team (STAR) is investigating this crash. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected as a factor. The driver has not been arrested or cited.


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PADiva January 26, 2013 at 06:04 PM
I live in Palo Alto and drive along Embarcadero Road quite often. It is a beautiful route. But quite often people drive faster than 25 mph speed limit. During the night even 25 mph is a bit too fast as the visibility is not good on that road. That woman must have gone faster than 25 and not watching the road carefully. Else she could have stopped in time, or the hit wouldn't have been fatal. I hope they can find evidence from cameras nearby. Poor woman. May she rest in peace.


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