A 63-year-old pedestrian, Sidney Brown of South San Francisco, was struck and killed by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto Wednesday (June 8) morning, according to the California Highway Patrol and Santa Clara County Coroner's Office.
Brown was standing in the second-fastest southbound lane at 2:47 a.m.about 500 feet from the Oregon Expressway overcrossing. He was struck by a 4-door Honda Civic sedan driven by Francisco Munoz of San Jose, CHP Sgt. Paul McCarthy said.
Munoz tried to avoid hitting the man but could not keep from striking him. Brown went through the windshield and landed in the passenger seat, McCarthy said. He died at the scene.
Munoz received a cut to his hand but was otherwise uninjured. McCarthy said the victim wore dark clothing and the likelihood of seeing him at that hour was nominal.
Three of four lanes were closed and reopened at 5 a.m. The CHP is investigating the accident.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul McCarthy said.