Pedestrian killed on Shoreline Boulevard Monday

Eric Onorato, 26, hit by car while walking in Mountain View

The man who was killed when he was hit by a car while walking in Mountain View Monday night has been identified as 26-year-old Eric Onorato of Mountain View, a police spokeswoman said.

Police responded to the collision just before 9 p.m., April 9, on North Shoreline Boulevard, police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said.

The collision was not a hit-and-run; the driver stayed on the scene and was very cooperative with investigators, Wylie said. "He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol," she said.

The driver had been traveling north on North Shoreline Boulevard in a Ford pickup truck when he hit the man just after Wright Avenue.

The man was pronounced dead on the scene, Wylie said. He was not carrying identification, and was not dressed as a runner, she said. "It is certainly possible he was out for a jog in non-traditional running garb, but I cannot confirm that because we do not know at this point. He was wearing pajama-type pants," Wylie said Tuesday afternoon.

Police stayed on the scene investigating overnight, and northbound North Shoreline Boulevard was shut down through the night, Wylie said.

"It is unclear at this point in time where the pedestrian was or what his actions were just prior to being hit by the truck," she said.

In the wake of the incident, police sought, and were eventually contacted by, a woman who had performed CPR on the victim before officers arrived at the scene of the accident, Wylie said. The woman left as soon as police took over emergency procedures, and she was not initially identified.

After seeing media reports noting that police needed her help, the woman contacted the Mountain View Police Department, Wylie said.

Anyone else who witnessed the accident is encouraged to call police at 650-903-6344.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by driver?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

Why does PaloAltoOnline sometimes identify the age and gender of the driver when a pedestrian is killed and sometimes not?

The Chronicle says the driver was a male driving a pickup truck, not a car like this article states. Web Link

RIP to the pedestrian. At least the driver stayed at the scene so the pedestrian did not have to die alone in the street.

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Posted by leelee
a resident of another community
on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

Does he has cell phone with him. If he does, easy to trace. Did some one call 911. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff].

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Posted by Honorary MountainViewer
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

That area is dangerous for pedestrians. The central/shoreline interchange is like a mini-freeway interchange. Once I was coming off the "exit ramp" from central and this guy was speeding down the ramp on a skateboard - there's a dead spot of streetlights. I saw him just in the nick of time. Of course he wasn't wearing a helmet, or reflective clothes.

Anyway, hopefully they'll get some extra street lights up in that area. That might help.

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Posted by Experienced Cyclist
a resident of Community Center
on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:47 am

Dear leelee,

I think you can safely assume that the Mtn View police are smart enough to realize that a cell phone is a pretty good form of identification. I think most cops are actually college graduates, believe it or not.

So one can safely conclude that the victim was not carrying a cell phone.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

That photo is one manacing looking big black vehicle. Or the responders in the photo are very short people. It's an automotive arms race out there.

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Posted by We ARE the traffic.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:57 am

I wish the papers would also report every single driver who gets killed. They are far more numerous. Driving is dangerous. Show the statistics. Statistically, you are more likely to be killed as a passenger in a car than as a pedestrian.

This is important. A lot of people erroneously think they are keeping themselves safe by encasing themselves in steel. In fact, a number of people say they drive bigger vehicles because their spouse is a bad driver and they want to keep them safe. If you want to keep them safe, put them in a good defensive driving class. A bigger car won't make a difference. Attentive, considerate, skillful road use is the key to safety for all road users. Take a class, even if you have been driving for years. Most road users have something to learn.

Being a bicyclist or pedestrian, you prolong your life expectancy with more physical activity. When you drive you add congestion and another car to the road that is contributing pollution, noise and risk to EVERY road user, including yourself.

We ARE the traffic. We can make better choices.

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Posted by Raymond Lucas
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

Is it safe to say that the pedestrian was jaywalking? Otherwise the driver would have stopped at a light, stop sign or crosswalk. Since the driver was not arrested, then we have to assume that he wasn't at fault. Is there a 'teachable moment' here?

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Posted by fault
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 10, 2012 at 11:51 am

When a fatality occurs, the police usually do not arrest the suspect until after a through investigation of the scene. Unfortunately, in this case the victim will not be able to make a statement, so the police reports will be biased by the suspect's statements.

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Posted by CoastalMike
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm

One of the commenters wants to blame the victim. Of course, we don't know where the deceased was crossing. But from the description is could have been at the corner; the commenter doesn't seem to realize that California law recognizes that pedestrians have the right of way at corners even though there is no stop sign or marked crosswalk. So there is your teachable moment, commenter. Hope you drive safely.

I will also add that this stretch of Shoreline is treated like a racetrack and I have never seen anyone get a ticket there, even though it is only a few blocks from the police station. It is dark, curvy, and the cars come over the hill/overpass, and cars are changing lanes for the Montecito intersection, watching out for merging traffic from Central, squeezing lanes, and watching out for bicyclists. All citizens would benefit from more police surveillance in that stretch, not to mention better lighting.

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Posted by Concerned Parent
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I've taught my children and followed my own advice. That is: Never assume that just because a car has a red light or a stop sign that they are going to stop. The right of way goes to the one with the most momentum and 100% of the time the car wins against a pedestrian or cyclist. I actually believe we would have less pedestrian's hit by cars if we softened the law that Pedestrians have the right of way. Too many times, people step off the curb (particularly in uncontrolled intersections) with the mindset of "I have the right of way" and guess what physics do

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Rest in peace, eric. Thoughts and prayers to you and your loved ones...

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