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Berkeley Police officers took two women into custody Monday night after they struck a cyclist with their stolen vehicle while fleeing from police after an earlier traffic collision.
Police got the initial call at 8:36 p.m., said Officer Byron White, a Berkeley Police spokesman.
Initially the call came in about a suspicious circumstance involving a traffic collision between two vehicles that were driving erratically near Adeline and Fairview streets in South Berkeley.
When an officer was arriving to contact those drivers, they fled. One of the vehicles, which at one point drove the wrong way while fleeing police, struck a cyclist at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Prince Street. The crash occurred northbound in the southbound lanes. … Continue reading »
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From Oct. 22-28, there were reports of 10 robberies, 22 burglaries, 11 assaults or batteries, four weapon-involved calls and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 15 stolen vehicles, 14 disturbances and 36 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. A weapons call and two vehicle thefts were reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD). Click the links for the latest numbers. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate; incidents that took place during a range of time are listed unless otherwise noted by the beginning of that time period.
Thursday, Oct. 22
A vehicle was stolen at 2:24 a.m. in the 1000 block of Euclid Avenue.
There were two calls involving a gun or other weapon, at 2:40 a.m. in the 100 block of Seawall Drive, and at 6:38 a.m. in the 2700 block of Belrose Avenue. On Belrose, police arrested a 42-year-old Oakland man sitting in a vehicle with a loaded gun just south of UC Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Campus. Eliexer Rodriguez, 42, remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $280,000. He was scheduled for a pretrial hearing Tuesday, Nov. 10. Read more on Berkeleyside.
At 9:30 a.m., police arrested a man they say carjacked a driver in West Berkeley after breaking into the municipal animal shelter the prior night to steal a dog he’d been turned down from adopting. Read more on Berkeleyside. (This brief first appeared in last week’s blotter.)
There were four disturbance calls: at 1:31 p.m. in the 1500 block of Grizzly Peak Boulevard; at 2:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of Adeline Street; at 9:49 p.m. in the 1700 block of Franklin Street; and at 10:13 p.m. in the 1200 block of Ashby Avenue.
There was a felony assault or battery at 3:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Tyler Street.
There were two home burglaries, at 4 p.m. in the 2600 block of Telegraph Avenue, and at 8:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Glen Avenue.
The BART Police released a brief statement about a strong-arm robbery on a Richmond-bound train at the Ashby station at about 4:20 p.m. after a man accidentally dropped his Samsung Galaxy S6 cellphone on the floor. As he reached down to pick it up, a man “slapped the victim’s hand away, grabbed the phone and fled from the station. Officers responded and unsuccessfully searched for the suspect; they were also unable to track the phone.” The victim sustained a minor abrasion to his hand during the robbery, but declined medical attention. The robbery was described as black, in his early 20s, 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium build and light complexion. He was wearing a black hoodie and black pants. (This item first appeared in last week’s blotter.)
There was a robbery at 7:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of University Avenue. Police arrested a 57-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman in connection with the case but they are no longer in custody and charges do not appear to have been filed. … Continue reading »
At approximately 6:20 a.m., Oakland CHP units responded to a collision on the westbound lanes of I-80 west of University, according to Officer Sean Wilkenfeld, spokesman for CHP Oakland.
Upon arrival, officers found a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a Honda Civic that had been involved in a traffic collision. The rider of the motorcycle, a 39-year-old man from Richmond, sustained major (non-life-threatening) injuries and was taken by ambulance to Highland Hospital, Wilkenfeld said in a statement.
The CHP’s preliminary investigation revealed that the motorcyclist rear-ended the Honda Civic, causing him to be ejected. Two lanes were closed temporarily to conduct the investigation, but have since been re-opened. … Continue reading »
A male pedestrian was taken to Highland Hospital with major injuries Friday after being struck by a vehicle on the Gilman Street off-ramp from westbound Interstate 80.
The California Highway Patrol said the man’s name is not being released “due to the severity” of his injuries, and “until he is medically stable.”
According to the CHP, officers were dispatched just before 7:30 p.m. to a possible traffic collision on the off-ramp.
Officers found a vehicle and a pedestrian when they arrived.
“The pedestrian sustained major injuries to the head and was attended to by the Albany Fire Department,” then taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland for treatment.
According to the preliminary investigation, a 64-year-old Vallejo man driving a 2011 Kia Sorento was traveling on the off-ramp when, “for an unknown reason, the pedestrian walked into the … lane directly into the path of the Kia.” … Continue reading »
Update, Nov. 6: The motorcycle rider was identified as 44-year-old Kelly Wayne Dew of Benicia. His cause of death was blunt injuries, according to the Alameda County coroner’s office.
Original story, Oct. 23, 1:45 p.m. A man on a motorcycle died Friday morning after running into a minivan on Interstate 80 in Berkeley, the California Highway Patrol has reported.
According to the Oakland CHP, officers responded at about 9:15 a.m. for a report of a traffic collision on westbound I-80 near Ashby Avenue.
Officers found a collision involving a 2015 Ducati Diavel motorcycle and a 2010 Honda Odyssey minivan. The motorcyclist sustained major injuries and Berkeley Fire Department paramedics performed CPR on the scene, then took the motorcyclist to Highland Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The Alameda County coroner’s office said the man’s name was not yet available as of 1:30 p.m. Friday. Berkeleyside will update this post if the name becomes available. … Continue reading »
A motorcycle rider was taken to the hospital Tuesday night after police say he collided with a vehicle on University Avenue.
According to authorities, the motorcyclist was traveling westbound on University approaching Acton Street at about 7:35 p.m. when he collided with the passenger side of a sedan that was eastbound on University attempting to turn left onto Acton.
Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said the motorcyclist suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he is still being treated. The driver of the sedan was not injured.
Coats said the department received multiple 911 calls about the crash. … Continue reading »
Berkeley residents got their first look at the city’s plan to redesign traffic patterns around Shattuck Square on Tuesday night at an open house in the Aurora Theater.
The room was lined with illustrations of the project plans and grids where attendees could rate the current pedestrian, cycling and driving conditions of Shattuck Avenue. Around the displays, engineers, city officials and urban designers associated with the project were on hand to answer questions and provide additional information.
Read more about traffic safety in past Berkeleyside coverage.
The Shattuck Avenue reconfiguration and pedestrian safety project is a part of the larger Downtown Area Plan, which was adopted by the City Council in 2012 and encompasses environmental goals, transit and access, community health, economic development and more.
Among the most dangerous intersections in the city for pedestrians, the corner of University Avenue and Shattuck is number two on the list for pedestrian-car collisions and near misses. … Continue reading »
Update, May 21, 3 p.m. Police determined that the primary collision factor in this crash was a right-of-way violation by the Volvo driver, who failed to yield to the pedestrian in the crosswalk.
Update, April 16, 5:45 p.m. Police released additional information about the crash in a Nixle alert at 5:35 p.m.
According to police, there was a report of an injury collision at Telegraph and Ashby avenues at 3:18 p.m. that possibly involved a semi-truck and pedestrian.
According to the preliminary investigation, a driver in a Volvo station wagon heading north on Telegraph was turning right onto Ashby when he struck a female pedestrian.
“While making his turn … the driver may have hit the accelerator and not the brake, causing the vehicle to go into the intersection as a panel truck was traveling east on Ashby. The Volvo then hit the side of the truck as it passed,” police wrote. … Continue reading »
The eastbound, right-hand bore of the Caldecott Tunnel re-opened at around 11:15 this morning after being investigated for damage following a collision and subsequent vehicle fire that forced its closure.
The accident, which happened around 6:45 a.m. in heavy commuting traffic, prompted authorities to evacuate several dozen drivers by foot and caused significant traffic back-ups in the surrounding area.
CHP was already on the scene of an earlier traffic accident at 6:20 a.m., which had occurred on eastbound SR-24 inside the Caldecott tunnel, when they heard about a second incident. “Officers had cleared that collision and were on the Fish Ranch Road off-ramp when a citizen stopped to report an additional collision had occurred inside the tunnel,” CHP reported in a press release at 10:20 a.m. … Continue reading »
Drivers are being advised to avoid I-80 in the Berkeley area after a big rig spilled its load of wood pallets by the pedestrian overpass near the University Avenue exit of the freeway at around 5:45 a.m. this morning.
At least one westbound lane was closed by authorities west of University Avenue near Frontage Road, and traffic was still severely backed up several hours after the incident. … Continue reading »
An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday afternoon that a young man from Tracy will face the charges against him after authorities say he crashed a Corvette on Tunnel Road in Berkeley last summer and put his friend in a coma.
Anthony Edward Torpey, 22, was charged by the Alameda County district attorney’s office with driving under the influence and causing a crash that resulted in injuries; driving with a .08% blood alcohol causing injury; leaving the scene of an accident; and attempting to dissuade a witness.
According to police, Torpey was identified as the driver of a vehicle that crashed June 20, 2014, into a concrete pillar, a tree and then a concrete wall on Tunnel Road, near Alvarado and The Uplands, “causing major head trauma” to his passenger. The passenger, identified in court papers as a friend of Torpey’s, was taken to Highland Hospital where he was found to be in a coma. … Continue reading »
A pedestrian was taken to Highland Hospital after a vehicle struck her in Berkeley at about 7:45 p.m., according to a scanner audio recording reviewed by Berkeleyside.
Authorities received a call that a female, who was unconscious with a possible head and leg injury, had been hit by a vehicle at Ashby Avenue and Deakin Street at 7:44 p.m., as per the recording.
She was on the ground when first responders arrived. One of them reported on the scanner that she … Continue reading »
Update, Feb. 26, 1:30 p.m. Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats released a bit more information by email about Thursday’s crash. She said, based on the preliminary investigation, the driver was northbound on San Pablo Avenue and, as he turned left onto Allston Way, struck the pedestrian in the crosswalk.
Coats said the pedestrian was still in the hospital when she last checked, but had been able to speak with traffic investigators.
The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the police, Coats said. Neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to be a factor in the crash.
Coats said the driver was a 26-year-old homeless man. The pedestrian was a 63-year-old Hayward man. … Continue reading »