A Palo Alto woman who died after being hit by a pick-up truck Friday night, Jan. 25, has been identified by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's office.
Ming Yuan Zuo, 75, died after she was struck and killed while crossing Embarcadero Road between Walnut Drive and Bret Harte Street, Palo Alto police said.
The driver of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma pick-up, a San Jose woman in her thirties, immediately stopped and is fully cooperating with the investigation, police said.
Police said they do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor, and the pick-up driver has not been arrested or cited.
The dispatch center received a 911 call about 7:59 p.m. Paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department took Zuo to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
An initial investigation indicated Zuo had been crossing Embarcadero southbound on foot between Walnut and Bret Harte. The block is east of the Palo Alto Art Center and west of Louis Road. There is no crosswalk in that area.
Colin Kessinger, a resident on Bret Harte, said he lives 100 yards from the accident and was present after it occurred.
"It's a way that you are always tempted to cross, but you really have no business crossing there," he said. Traffic goes full speed, and the area is not well lit, he added.
Bret Harte is offset from Walnut. It's not a natural intersection, he said. The closest traffic light is at Louis Road, and Kessinger said he can understand why people cross in that area.
The cause of the collision has not been determined. Officers from the Palo Alto Police Department's Specialized Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) Team are investigating the incident.
City Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez said his office will look at the specifics of the police report to determine if any changes should be made to the intersection. He said he can't jump to conclusions until all of the information is available.
"Why was she crossing in the mid-block? I don't know why she did that. That is something we obviously don't recommend," he said on Monday.
Palo Alto police ask that anyone who witnessed the collision contact the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to [email protected] or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.