Update, Monday, June 3: BPD reports that the pedestrian who was struck by a driver Sunday night, a 75-year-old San Francisco man, “is awake and alert. He remains in critical condition.” (BPD originally said the man was from Oakland. Monday’s update listed him as a San Francisco resident.)
Update, 10:55 p.m. Berkeley Police Lt. Kevin Reece has confirmed that a 51-year-old Berkeley woman driving a white Toyota Highlander struck a 75-year-old Oakland man crossing Shattuck Avenue just before 9:20 p.m. Sunday.
The man was walking eastbound in the southern crosswalk of Shattuck and Prince Street when the woman, who was driving north, hit him, Reece said. The man sustained serious injuries and was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland.
Reece said the area around Shattuck and Prince will be closed in all directions for several hours during the investigation, which BPD’s FAIT officers will handle.
Original story, 10:28 p.m. A pedestrian who was struck by a driver in South Berkeley has been taken to Highland Hospital for treatment, according to preliminary reports.
Berkeley police responded to Shattuck Avenue and Prince Street just before 9:20 p.m. for a report of the injury crash, which involved a driver in a Toyota Highlander and a male pedestrian described as an “older gentleman,” according to radio traffic reviewed by Berkeleyside.
The Berkeley Police Department set up a perimeter and called in its Fatal Accident Investigation Team (FAIT) due to the severity of the man’s injuries, according to police. The man reportedly had a laceration to the head and was “conscious but not responsive,” according to radio traffic.
Berkeleyside has asked BPD for confirmation and further detail and will update this story when it is provided.
The last few weeks have seen a number of serious crashes in Berkeley, which left pedestrians and vehicle occupants with serious or critical injuries and, in one case, dead.
Late Friday night, a woman was killed and her sister was left in critical condition after a driver struck their vehicle, which caught on fire and trapped them inside. That same night, three people sustained serious injuries when they crashed a getaway vehicle while fleeing police, according to BPD.
Last week, a female pedestrian in her 70s was left in critical condition after a driver struck her in South Berkeley a few blocks from Sunday’s crash. That followed a collision, at Sacramento and Oregon streets, in early May that left a 69-year-old pedestrian in critical condition.
Read more about traffic safety on Berkeleyside.