Palo Alto: Pedestrian killed in suspected DUI crash identified


A pedestrian killed on Monday morning in a collision with a suspected DUI driver on East Bayshore Road in Palo Alto has been identified as 67-year-old Louis Williams, of East Palo Alto, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

At about 6:15 a.m. Monday, police responded to a major injury crash in the 2000 block of East Bayshore Road and found Williams dead in the roadway. The driver of a silver 2007 Nissan Maxima, Miguel Zaragoza Torres, of Sunnyvale, was uninjured and remained at the scene.

Police booked Torres, 19, 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 Torres was traveling southbound on East Bayshore when his car left the roadway and struck a power pole. The car rolled over and came to rest in the road. Williams was walking when he was struck and killed. It is unclear where he was at the time of the collision, according to police.

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 or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff


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Posted by Kelly
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 14, 2014 at 10:35 am

Mr. Williams used to walk his Beagle all the time on E Bayshore, many neighbors may recall seeing him. Prayers for his family.

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Posted by Diane
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 14, 2014 at 11:22 am

Stupid question kind of but is the beagle ok? Rip dear Mr Williams

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Posted by Anon
a resident of another community
on Oct 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Kelly, thank you for your comment. I do remember Mr.Williams now. I saw him many times walking his dog when I went to the post office. So very sad to hear that he was the victim here. I hope severe justice is served to the one who took his life away.

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm

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Posted by Anna
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 14, 2014 at 9:09 pm

The driver was very drunk, at 6:15 in the morning. He also didn't have a driver's license. A life was taken as a result. What a huge waste and tragedy. I hope this guy gets put away for a very long time, to protect the public from people who think they can do whatever they want.

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Posted by Jasmine
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 14, 2014 at 11:54 pm

I remember him. Everyday he'd faithfully walk his dog. I was in the post office a month ago, when he was telling a friend someone ran over and killed his beagle. Wow, this is crazy.

Rest in Peace Mr. Williams.

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