$15,000 reward offered after pedestrian hit-and-run death

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A new sign near the east end of the University Avenue overpass, alerting pedestrians that access is prohibited, directs non-drivers to a nearby pedestrian bridge. Photo: Lance Knobel

The city of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver responsible for a hit-and-run accident that killed a 46-year-old man last week, officials said Monday in a prepared statement.

The accident took place July 15 at 5:10 a.m. on the University Avenue overpass, which pedestrians and cyclists are prohibited from using

Police identified the victim as John Patrick Miller of Berkeley. A woman who identified herself as Miller’s relative wrote on Berkeleyside that he was familiar with the area and “would never travel up that ramp” because “he was extremely afraid and aware of the safety issues” after being struck by a car as a child. She wrote that she was concerned that “something drove Patrick over the ramp,” and continued: “If anyone out there has a clue please post it because some of us in his family really miss him and must get to the bottom of the situation.”

A police officer had initially found Miller down in the roadway when the officer was driving across the overpass. The Berkeley Fire Department responded to the scene for medical care, but Miller ultimately was pronounced dead. The police investigation indicates that Miller was struck and killed by a vehicle.


According to the Daily Cal, there have been no known collisions involving pedestrians near the overpass since 2007.

The Police Department asks anyone with information about this fatal collision to call the Traffic Bureau at 510-981-5980, or the department’s non-emergency number at 510-981-5900. Anonymous callers can instead reach out to Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Related:
Sign added near site of fatal Berkeley hit-and-run (07.17.13)
Berkeley hit-and-run raises concerns for safety (07.15.13)
Hit-and-run kills pedestrian on Berkeley overpass (07.15.13)

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