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


Subject :

Pedestrian Using Wheelchair Struck by Felony Hit-and-Run Suspect
Contact : Sean Downey, Officer, Police    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Police are asking for the public's help in locating a felony hit-and-run suspect who struck a pedestrian using a wheelchair over the weekend, landing him in the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening.

On Saturday, June 1, 2013, at about 4:35 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of a felony hit-and-run collision that had just occurred in the 1300 block of University Avenue.  Officers arrived a short time later and found the victim, a Palo Alto resident in his fifties, in the grass near the sidewalk.  His broken wheelchair and personal belongings were strewn about the area.  Personnel from the Palo Alto Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital, where he remains with injuries that are not life-threatening.

The investigation revealed that the victim was traveling westbound on University Avenue.  He was not in the traffic lane and was near the shoulder of the road.  The suspect vehicle was also traveling westbound on University Avenue and struck the victim from behind.  A witness to the collision reported that the suspect vehicle fled the scene at a high rate of speed westbound on University Avenue.  The witness saw the suspect vehicle return and drive slowly by the scene, and then flee westbound on University Avenue a second time.  The witness called police for help.

The suspect vehicle is a white Toyota Yaris between the model years of 2007 and 2011.  The vehicle will have damage on the front passenger side corner.  The suspect is a male.  No additional description is available on either the suspect or his vehicle.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect and/or suspect vehicle.  Anyone with information about the collision 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.