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Second person struck in San Jose on Senter Road

San Jose police responded to a hit and run accident Monday night, just one block from another hit and run that left one man dead Sunday night.
Monday, August 18, 2014
San Jose police responded to a hit and run accident on Monday night, just one block from another hit and run that left one man dead Sunday night.

The person struck by a car Monday night at Senter and Oldham is hurt badly. The one hit last night at Senter and Balfour is dead.

People who live and work along Senter Road stood in shock as they saw a man lying in the middle of the street. Witnesses say a light-colored sedan was going north when it hit the man who had been jaywalking. San Jose police say his injuries are life-threatening.

"I just heard the noise and I hear boom, right? So I turn over. I see a guy lying there and the car was stopped right there and after that he took off," witness Dan Tran said.

Police had been at the same stretch of Senter Road the night before, where they say a dark-colored sedan sped away from the scene. Son Nguyen, 51, died at the hospital after witnesses found him lying in the middle of the intersection with his mangled bicycle not too far away. Relatives are hoping the driver is found soon.

"They didn't stop or call or anything and they just left. I hope they either turn themselves in or the police will find them," Nguyen's great niece Kim Lai said.

The stretch of Senter Road where the accidents happened has a crosswalk with a pedestrian island, lights and a yield sign. But motorists say it's not enough. They say many people cross where they're not supposed to, and even in places where pedestrians are crossing legally, it can be tough to spot them.

"Because of the shopping complex here a lot of people walk through from the community and drivers can't see the pedestrians," motorist Nimesh Kadakia said.

Police are counting on the public's help to solve these cases. Investigators say both cars likely have front end damage.
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