Update: Man found dead by Ashby BART station was likely hit-and-run

Police are investigating a body found in the street by Ashby BART on Saturday night. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Update, Sept. 18, 1:55 p.m. The coroner’s office has identified the man who was killed as Donald Glenn Johnson, 64, of Oakland. Berkeleyside has asked BPD for any additional updates in the case.

Update, Sept. 17, 1:10 p.m. The name of the man who was killed Saturday night when a driver struck him remains unavailable because his next of kin has not been notified and no positive identification has been made, the Alameda County coroner’s office said Tuesday.

Update, Sept. 15, 12:30 p.m. Police believe the man killed Saturday night near Ashby BART was the victim of a hit-and-run crash, said Lt. Peter Hong of the Berkeley Police Department. His name has not been released pending family notification. The roadway had reopened as of Sunday afternoon.

Update, Sept. 15, 1 a.m. Police on scene said BPD’s Fatal Accident Investigation Team had arrived and was examining the roadway for evidence.


The fatality may have been caused by a hit-and-run crash, said BPD, but it was too early to say for sure.

Original story: Police closed part of Adeline Street alongside Ashby BART in South Berkeley on Saturday night after the discovery of a body in the roadway next to the station, authorities report.

At about 10:30 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department got a call about someone without a pulse on the ground in the roadway by BART. Police blocked off the area and Berkeley firefighters responded to the scene to pronounce the person dead, said BPD Sgt. Mike Parsons.

Parsons said there was no information at this time regarding what may have led to the fatality.

As of about 11:40 p.m., southbound Adeline was closed from Essex Street to Ashby Avenue. Several BPD patrol vehicles were parked with lights flashing around the perimeter of the scene, which was also surrounded by yellow caution tape.

Police had used a privacy screen to shield the body from view. The screen was placed directly behind a car parked by Ashby BART, but Parsons said the parked vehicle appeared, thus far, to be unrelated to the body.

BPD has called for an ID technician to respond to the team as well as the department’s Fatal Accident Investigation Team.

Berkeleyside will update this story when additional details become available.