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Car strikes and kills 98-year-old pedestrian in Berkeley

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A 98-year-old man was struck by a car Friday afternoon while crossing the intersection of Bancroft Way and Sacramento Street. He later died of his injuries.

Berkeley police said the man was struck around 12:23 p.m.

He was conscious and talking when police arrived, but he died at the hospital around 6 p.m., according to Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats.

The Alameda County coroner’s office identified him as Joseph Luft of Berkeley.

The driver is cooperating with police, Coats said in a press release. It does not appear that drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision, she said.

Luft, a psychologist, was the creator of the Johari Window, a technique he and Harry Ingrahm invented in 1955 to help people better understand their relationship with others. He taught at San Francisco State University for more than 20 years.

The Luft family released a statement Saturday stating that Joseph Luft was a World War II veteran, “a proud father of four and beloved local figure,” who had taken a daily walk for more than 50 years. … Continue reading »

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Man arrested after DUI car crash, hit and run in Berkeley

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A driver who crashed into several parked vehicles in North Berkeley, then fled the scene as his car burned, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit and run just after 9:30 Saturday morning, authorities said.

Authorities identified the driver as Geoffrey Cronin, 42, of Berkeley. Cronin was arrested last year in connection with a knife assault and police chase in Berkeley in August.

Saturday, March 29, at 8:16 a.m., Berkeley officers responded to Walnut and Cedar streets after a caller reported an injury accident involving the driver and a parked vehicle, said Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats, via email. … Continue reading »

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Update: Bus fire slows I-80 traffic in Berkeley, no injuries

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Update, 6:45 p.m. Berkeley Fire Department spokesman Deputy Chief Avery Webb said the bus that caught fire Friday morning was a Storer Coachways tourist bus with 21 passengers. Webb said Berkeley firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 11:16 a.m. for a fire that affected the engine compartment of the bus. Smoke from the fire made its way into the passenger compartment, but the fire itself did not spread beyond the engine area. All the passengers on the bus had gotten off by the time firefighters arrived, and Storer quickly sent another bus to pick them up. No injuries were reported. Berkeley firefighters extinguished the fire when they arrived to the scene, on Interstate 80 between Ashby and University avenues. Webb said there were multiple helicopters in the area as emergency crews responded.

Update, 1:45 p.m. 511.org reports that there are “residual delays” on eastbound I-80 near University Avenue in Berkeley after Friday’s bus fire, but that all lanes are open as of 1:45 p.m.

Update, 1:34 p.m. Via 511.org: “On Friday, March 28th at 1:20pm, the Severe Traffic Alert remains in effect on Eastbound I-80 before University Ave. in Berkeley. The right lane is closed due to a bus fire. Motorists are advised to expect delays and avoid the area. There is no estimated time to reopen the roadway.”

Original story, 12:17 p.m. A tour bus caught fire on Interstate 80 near University Avenue in Berkeley on Friday morning, and a traffic advisory has been issued due to closed lanes on the highway, authorities said. … Continue reading »

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Man left with major leg injuries after hit-and-run crash

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Officers are looking for a driver reported to have struck a pedestrian in South Berkeley on Sunday night, leaving him with major leg injuries, before fleeing the area in a red vintage car, authorities said.

Just before 8:20 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department Communications Center received a call reporting a man down in the roadway at the intersection of Sacramento and Russell streets, said Berkeley Police Lt. David Frankel, via email.

Officers responded and arrived on scene within minutes. They found a man injured in the street.

Officers learned the victim had been struck by a car as he walked eastbound across Sacramento in the crosswalk. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley man strikes many cars, arrested for DUI

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Police arrested a 62-year-old Berkeley man last week after he drove his car while drunk and struck and damaged many parked cars on 10th Street in West Berkeley, authorities said.

On Thursday, Jan. 16, police received a report of a hit-and-run collision in the area of San Pablo Avenue and Virginia Street, according to Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats. The driver struck a parked car and fled the scene, then continued driving and struck several more parked cars on 10th Street. … Continue reading »

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3 women taken to hospitals after Berkeley crash

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Berkeley Police are on the scene after an injury collision between a driver and two parked cars in South Berkeley shortly before 1 a.m., authorities said.

Police are investigating whether drugs or alcohol may have been a factor in the wreck, said Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats.

Coats said police received a call at 12:53 a.m. about an injury collision in the 1500 block of Alcatraz Avenue. … Continue reading »

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Driver strikes 3 blind pedestrians in Berkeley, flees

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The Berkeley Police Department arrested an Oakland woman Thursday in connection with several violations, including felony driving under the influence, after they say she struck and injured three blind people walking downtown.

Just before 4 p.m., police responded to a reported hit-and-run collision with injuries at the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Haste Street, said Berkeley Police Capt. Erik Upson.

Upon arrival, officers found three visually impaired people who had been struck and injured.  … Continue reading »

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Pedestrian hospitalized after car crash in Berkeley

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A man was hospitalized after walking into the roadway and being struck by a car in West Berkeley last week, authorities reported this week.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats said police believe the man, a 54-year-old Berkeley resident, was likely at fault for the collision because he had “entered into the roadway in an area not designated for pedestrians when he was struck.” Police said alcohol may have been a factor on the pedestrian’s part. … Continue reading »

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

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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.  … Continue reading »

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Collision on Ashby sends woman to hospital

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A traffic collision on Ashby Avenue at College has closed eastbound traffic lanes and sent a woman to the hospital, authorities said.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats said the details of the accident remain under investigation. Officers “are still on scene processing (it) and speaking with witnesses,” she said via email at 1:25 p.m.  … Continue reading »

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Sign added near site of fatal Berkeley hit-and-run

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A sign has been installed on a median next to the University Avenue overpass the day after a 46-year old man, identified Wednesday as John Patrick Miller, was killed there in a suspected hit-and-run incident. The sign prohibits pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorbikes from using the bridge, and directs walkers to use the pedestrian bridge (although without providing directions to it).

When the fatal accident occurred, no signs were present on the east end of the overpass, which connects University Avenue to the I-80 ramps and the Berkeley Marina. The incident raised concerns about pedestrian safety in the area. Several Berkeleyside readers suggested walkers should be informed that a pedestrian and bicycle bridge across the highway is located just a few blocks to the north south, near the intersection of Addison Street and Bolivar Drive. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley hit-and-run raises concerns for safety

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Update, July 17: The pedestrian killed was identified by the Alameda County Coroner’s office as John Patrick Miller, 46. No residence was provided. He died of “extensive blunt trauma.”

Update, 9:25 pm: The man killed in the suspected hit-and-run incident was a 46-year-old homeless man, according to the Alameda Country Coroner’s Bureau, reported on Monday night by Patch. The man’s name was not released because next of kin have not been notified.

Original story: A fatal hit-and-run accident on the University Avenue overpass Monday, July 15 has raised concerns about safety there and the absence of signage warning pedestrians not to walk on the roadway.

There is no sidewalk on the overpass. There is currently no sign prohibiting pedestrians or bicycles from using the overpass. An image taken for Google Maps in April 2011, however, shows that there used to be a sign in the divider to the right of the overpass heading west. It read: “Pedestrians, bicycles, motor driven cycles prohibited.”

A man was discovered by a Berkeley police officer at 5:10 a.m. this morning on the first section of the westbound section overpass near the intersection with Fourth Street. He was declared dead on the scene and preliminary investigations indicated he was the victim of a a hit-and-run accident. … Continue reading »

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Hit-and-run kills pedestrian on Berkeley overpass

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Update, July 17: The pedestrian killed was identified by the Alameda County coroner’s office as John Patrick Miller, 46. No residence was provided. He died of “extensive blunt trauma.”

Update, 11:01 am: As of 10:44 a.m. the Berkeley Police Department’s fatal accident investigation team has cleared the scene of the fatal collision on University Avenue. The roadway is now open in both directions. The investigation continues. No information has been released on the victim and there is no possible suspect information.

Original story: Berkeley police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident that happened on the University Avenue overpass over Interstate 80 this morning. … Continue reading »

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