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Palo Alto Police Department
Wednesday March 22nd, 2023 :: 01:40 p.m. PDT


News Release: Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Collision; Witnesses Sought

Police are seeking witnesses to a collision that occurred on Monday morning, where a vehicle struck a pedestrian.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.  The pedestrian died the following day at a local hospital.
On Monday, March 20, 2023, at about 10:24 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a driver who had just struck a pedestrian at the intersection of Charleston Road and Commercial Street.  Officers and personnel from the Palo Alto Fire Department responded immediately and found the pedestrian unconscious in the roadway.  Paramedics transported the pedestrian, a man in his eighties, to a local hospital.  He died at the hospital on Tuesday, March 21.
The investigation revealed that the driver, a man in his sixties, had been driving his 2002 Ford F-150 westbound on Commercial Street and had stopped for the stop sign at the intersection with Charleston Road.  As he began to make a right turn onto Charleston Road, his vehicle struck the pedestrian in the unmarked crosswalk.  The pedestrian fell backwards and struck his head on the pavement.  The driver immediately called 9-1-1 for assistance.
Personnel from the Specialized Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) team responded to the scene to continue the investigation.  Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor in the collision, and the cause remains under investigation.  Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the collision contact our 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to [email protected] or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.
Police are not releasing the pedestrian’s identity; that information can be obtained from the Santa Clara County Office of the Medical Examiner-Coroner.

Palo Alto Police Department
275 Forest Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 650-329-2406

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