Police Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Downtown Palo Alto

Published on November 06, 2020

Palo Alto, CA A vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in downtown Palo Alto yesterday.

On Thursday, November 5, 2020, at about 10:39 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch received calls of a major injury collision that had just occurred at the intersection of Lytton Avenue and Waverley Street.  Officers, as well as personnel from the Palo Alto Fire Department, responded immediately.  Paramedics transported the pedestrian, a Palo Alto woman in her seventies, to a local hospital.  She died a short time later.

The preliminary investigation by our Specialized Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) Team revealed that the woman had been walking eastbound on the south side of Lytton Avenue, and was in the crosswalk and crossing Waverley Street.  A westbound blue 2011 Honda Fit, driven by an Oakland woman in her thirties, made a left turn to head southbound on Waverley Street and struck the pedestrian.  The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and was cooperative with investigators.  She was uninjured.

Police do not believe that drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision.  The investigation into the cause of the collision is ongoing.  The driver of the Honda has not been cited or arrested pending the outcome of the investigation.

Police are not releasing the pedestrian’s identity; that information can be obtained from the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.

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