Alameda County sheriff's deputy hits, kills pedestrian

April 19, 2013 1:14:40 PM PDT
Authorities are looking into what caused an Alameda County Sheriff's deputy to hit two pedestrians, killing one of them during an early-morning accident.

An Alameda County sheriffs Cruiser with heavy front end damage remains on Mission Boulevard.

The CHP says the deputy driving struck two people crossing the street in the crosswalk about 4:30 a.m. The man hit was killed instantly, a woman injured. The deputy then hit a parked white sedan.

When asked if the deputy was in pursuit at the time, CHP Lt. Christopher Sherry answered, "No, we know the deputy was not in pursuit at the time, or going to an emergency call."

The CHP does not know how fast the deputy may have been going, only that the speed limit in the area is 35 mph.

The sheriff's department believes the deputy may have been searching for a stolen car. The female victim hasn't talked to investigators yet.

"The woman was taken to the hospital," Sgt. J.D. Nelson said. "We tried to talk to her after, it appears that she was pretty intoxicated so she was unable to tell us what happened."

While investigators comb every inch of this intersection, some neighbors say they won't cross Mission Boulevard because it's too dangerous at any hour.

"I will never walk down Mission," Hayward resident Brea Maria said. "Just seeing this, not again. I've done it before and almost got hit. I'll never walk again."

The CHP has interviewed the deputy. He is a nine-year veteran of the force. He's said to be devastated by the crash.

The victim's names have not been released. Officials say narcotics were found on the female victim, who remains hospitalized.


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