An elderly man out for a morning newspaper was knocked to the ground by a bus in Palo Alto last week and was hospitalized for three days.
The bus driver will be cited for failing to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, Police Sgt. Sandra Brown said.
Kin-Jian Huo, 86, a Lytton Gardens resident, was struck in a pedestrian crosswalk on University Avenue at Webster Street at 9:44 a.m. Oct. 16 as he returned from a walk in downtown Palo Alto to pick up a newspaper. Huo was crossing northbound across University Avenue at a green light when a SamTrans bus driven by Anthony Davia Lopez that was making a left turn from Webster to University stopped to let him pass, according to a police report.
After Huo walked past the bus, Lopez turned the bus onto University Avenue, but did not properly account for the long length of the bus to complete the turn without colliding with Huo. The rear left portion of the bus struck Huo, knocking him to the ground.
The bus driver told police he did not think he had hit Huo. He thought the elderly man had fallen.
The police report stated that Huo was struck by the bus on the left side of his face and his back and that he sustained a skull fracture and hemorrhaging as a result of hitting his head on the pavement. He was released from Stanford Medical Center on Oct. 18.
One witness has been located and confirmed Huo's account of the incident. Additional witnesses to the accident can contact Palo Alto Police Officer Craig Lee at 650-329-2413.