Woman arrested in DUI collision, victim critical condition

The accident that left a young man in critical condition took place north of the UC Berkeley campus at the intersection of Hearst and Spruce

A 24-year-old Oakland man is in critical condition after being hit by a car driven by 83-year-old woman who was driving under the influence in Berkeley on Sunday Sept. 30 at around 8:35pm.

According to Berkeley Police, the collision occurred at the intersection of Hearst Avenue and Spruce Street, near the north-west corner of the UC Berkeley campus.

The pedestrian was transported by the Berkeley Fire Department to a local hospital with severe injuries. The driver, Mary Lou Cordova from San Pablo, stayed at the scene and spoke with investigators. During the course of their investigation the driver was evaluated for driving under the influence and later arrested.

Berkeley Police said they received numerous reports at approximately 8:35pm indicating that a vehicle struck a pedestrian who was crossing the street, causing multiple injuries. Based on the severity of the pedestrian’s injuries the Fatal Accident Investigation Team is investigating the incident.


Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to call the Berkeley Traffic Bureau at (510) 981-5980 or the Berkeley Police Department non-emergency number at (510) 981-5900.

This story was updated with the name of the arrested woman at 12:49pm.

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