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Palo Alto: Driver identified in suspected DUI crash that killed pedestrian

 

Palo Alto police arrested a Sunnyvale man on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs after he allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian on East Bayshore Road this morning, according to a police department press release.

At about 6:15 a.m. Monday, the 24-hour dispatch center received a call reporting a major injury crash in the 2000 block of East Bayshore Road. Officers responded and found an adult man dead in the roadway. Miguel Zaragoza Torres, 19, the driver of a silver 2007 Nissan Maxima, was uninjured and remained at the scene.

Police booked Torres at the Santa Clara County Main Jail on charges of vehicular manslaughter, felony driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and misdemeanor unlicensed driving, according to police.

Investigations revealed that the Maxima was traveling southbound on East Bayshore when it left the roadway and struck a power pole. The car rolled over and came to rest in the road. The victim was walking when he was struck and killed. It is unclear where he was at the time of the collision, according to police.

Police shut down traffic on East Bayshore between Embarcadero Road and Pulgas Avenue during the investigation.

Police are not releasing the identity of the victim.

Police are asking that anyone with information about the case call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 13, 2014 at 7:55 am

This is indeed tragic.

The tv stations are on to this and already there is another crash on 101 right beside this - probably due to rubbernecking.

The important thing at this stage is getting the word out that the road is closed and traffic is being diverted. There should be a method of getting this news out before people leave home to find an alternate route.

Road closed due to accident with pedestrian fatality would be a better headline.


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Posted by Randy From Randy's Randy
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Oct 13, 2014 at 8:14 am

I headed into work earlier because of this. Kinda strange to see a helicopter just hovering above the crash site.

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Posted by Hank
a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2014 at 8:28 am

Heard on the KTVU news that he driver has been arrested for DUI and manslaughter charge for the death of the pedestrian. Sad.


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Posted by slow down
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 13, 2014 at 8:29 am

This is an awful street. Many reckless drivers speed down this street instead of using busy Hwy 101 to get to or from the Dumbarton Bridge. There is a lot of pedestrian traffic here because of the school and post office and several startup companies. Since the county line is just north of the post office, apparently cops from either county don't patrol this street very well.


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2014 at 9:28 am

"slow down" -- it is not the street's fault, the start-up companies' fault, or the fault of the police.

This accident was caused by a teenager who was "driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drug" at 6 in the morning.

It is his/her fault -- if there is secondary fault here, how about the parents? What was their kid doing driving while stoned at 6 a.m. on a Monday morning?


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Posted by Rose
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Oct 13, 2014 at 9:32 am

My thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased. This is very sad.


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Posted by Jared Bernstein
a resident of Professorville
on Oct 13, 2014 at 10:36 am

Can we have the name of the driver who remained at the scene and was arrested?


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Posted by Doods
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 13, 2014 at 10:37 am

That's why traffic was so terrible and lots of employees like me are so late on a Monday. The area is really surrounding this is very dangerous where they make it a racing track esp. at night. This is a very unfortunate accident.


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Posted by MV Resident
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 13, 2014 at 11:09 am

@Resident:

There are methods for getting alerts. One is Nixle.com (there's a smartphone app as well). I received the news release from the Palo Alto Police Department this morning. I live in Mountain View, so I am subscribed to MVPD on Nixle, but I've also subscribed to Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Sunnyvale.

You can also follow @PaloAltoPolice on Twitter for relevant information.

@neighbor:

The driver is an adult. His parents are no longer responsible nor liable for his actions.

@Jared:

The news release from the Palo Alto police department states that the investigation is continuing at the police station and if the subject is charged, the police will release the name, booking photo, city of residence, and the charges.


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Posted by Sea REDDY
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I am so sorry to hear the loss of life.

How sad is to see a 'drunk driver' early in the morning.

My prayers.

Respectfully


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Posted by Raymond
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

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Posted by David Duchovny
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Oct 13, 2014 at 1:08 pm

People tend to treat Bayshore like it's another highway. The speed limit is 35 and there are usually bikers on the shoulder.

Most of the time, you can be going 35 or 40 and be going faster than the people on 101, but don't get greedy. I want to believe we can be safer.

The few times I biked to work, I'd avoid the street like the plague. There's a perfectly fine bike path that runs parallel to Bayshore.

The truth is out there.


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Posted by Robyn
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 13, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Very sad what is wrong with our world


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Question. How has this affected the Post Office deliveries?


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Resident: Your postal deliveries weren't affected since it is Columbus Day and the P.O. is closed.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 13, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Ah, that explains why.ugdtX


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Posted by ChrisC
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 13, 2014 at 6:14 pm

ChrisC is a registered user.

It seems unusual these days for the perpetrator of this sort of thing to stick around for the police. Miguel Torres may have made a really bad choice drinking and driving, but he was taught some honor and responsibility and didn't run off and go into hiding. That's something.


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Posted by Leslie
a resident of Woodside
on Oct 13, 2014 at 8:28 pm

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2014 at 8:40 pm

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Posted by Res
a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2014 at 10:31 pm

ChrisC - his car was totaled so he really could not have run very far. I would not associate the words "honor and responsibility" at all with this drunk driving, reckless killer.


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Posted by Pearl
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 13, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Pearl is a registered user.

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Posted by Janet Lafleur
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

@David Duchovny This collision occurred north of Embarcadero Road near the East Palo Alto border. There is no "perfectly fine bike path that runs parallel to Bayshore" there. There's a sidewalk on the non-101 side of the road, which is apparently where pole that the driver hit was located and most likely where the victim was walking or standing.

But you're absolutely right that drivers treat E Bayshore like a freeway substitute. Try driving the speed limit there and you'll have impatient people tailgating you.


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Posted by Tom
a resident of another community
on Oct 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Driving is a privilege, not a right. DUI resulting in a fatality could not be more of a violation of this privilege. Too many drunk drivers are back on the road drinking and killing just one year later. It is too commonplace to see even 5th DUIs occurring and resulting in fatalities. The system is set up like a revolving door to get the drunk driver back on the road as soon as possible.

Time for change. DUI resulting in fatality should result in mandatory lifetime drivers license revocation. No more 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th chance to kill people. When will victims and future victims be prioritized over driving privilege.


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Posted by Myao
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 14, 2014 at 2:18 pm

I was surprised to see the scene (I was at 101 Northbound) I didn't heard anything about the news until now. I saw the pole, newsman, the car and another accident parallel to it. I felt very sad for the victim.

I use Bayshore whenever 101 is very jammed and more often than not, many drivers would exceed speed limit.


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Posted by Angela Williams
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Oct 14, 2014 at 2:19 pm

You hear about these bad situations every day but when it is your family member it hits home, My uncle was walking like he usually does and got killed it is a sad time for our family I would not wish this on anyone.He will be greatly missed


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