A 53-year-old Palo Alto woman and her dog were struck by a hit-and-run driver on Friday, Jan. 25, and Palo Alto police are seeking information about the driver's whereabouts.
The victim and her dog were walking in the crosswalk at the intersection of California Avenue and Louis Road at 8:14 p.m. They were struck as the driver, who was traveling east on California, made a left turn to go north on Louis, Officer Sean Downey said.
The driver did not stop and continued traveling north. The intersection is controlled by four-way stop signs, Downey said. Witnesses walking a short distance away described the car as a smaller older-model sedan, but there is a conflict regarding whether the car is light or dark colored, he said.
The victim received minor injuries, mainly bruising and redness to her ankle. She declined medical attention, Downey said. He did not know if the dog was injured.
The incident occurred about a half hour after a 75-year-old woman was struck and killed in a separate accident on Embarcadero Road. The two incidents are not connected, Downey said.
He said that Palo Alto has such a high influx of pedestrians and vehicles that people need to be especially alert and cautious.
"Palo Alto has a big pedestrian population and traffic seems to be getting worse. Pedestrians should always cross at all designated crosswalks," he said.
Anyone who might have information about the incident is asked to contact the Palo Alto Police Department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.