News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Vehicle; Driver Arrested for DUI
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- An adult pedestrian was struck and killed this morning after a vehicle left the roadway, struck a power pole, and rolled over on East Bayshore Road.  The driver of the vehicle survived and was uninjured, and police have arrested him for vehicular manslaughter, felony DUI, and misdemeanor unlicensed driving.

On Monday, October 13, 2014, at about 6:15 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call reporting a major injury collision in the 2000 block of East Bayshore Road.  Officers responded and found a deceased adult male in the roadway.  The driver and solo occupant of the involved vehicle, a silver 2007 Nissan Maxima, was uninjured and remained at the scene to cooperate with police.

The initial investigation revealed that the vehicle was traveling southbound on East Bayshore Road when it left the roadway and struck a power pole on the east curbline of the 2000 block.  The vehicle rolled over and came to rest in the roadway.  The deceased male was on foot in the area when he was struck and killed; at this point, it is unknown for certain where he was at the time of the collision.

Police have shut down vehicle traffic on East Bayshore Road between Embarcadero Road and Pulgas Avenue during the investigation into this collision, and anticipate that the roadway will be closed for several hours to allow officers to safely process the scene and collect evidence.  Traffic updates will be posted to our Twitter account, @PaloAltoPolice.

Police booked 19-year-old Sunnyvale resident Miguel Zaragoza Torres at the Santa Clara County Main Jail for vehicular manslaughter, felony driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and misdemeanor unlicensed driving.  His booking photo is attached to this release.

Police are not releasing the identity of the victim.  That information can ultimately be obtained from the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office.

We ask that anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or