A 34-year-old man who allegedly struck two vehicles before plowing through a Caltrain fence and hitting a power pole has been cited for misdemeanor hit and run and reckless driving and could face additional charges, Palo Alto police Sgt. Rich Bullerjahn said.
Kenneth Brad Williams Jr., of East Palo Alto, was cited and released by police while at the hospital receiving treatment for injuries in the multiple-vehicle crash that occurred on Sunday, June 21, at about 11:35 a.m., Bullerjahn said.
Williams allegedly rear ended a Toyota Prius at San Antonio and Charleston roads, causing a minor accident, but he fled the scene. The driver in the Prius followed Williams, who allegedly proceeded at a high speed west on San Antonio. At Alma Street, Williams collided at the intersection with another Prius driving south, then plowed through a chain-link fence at the Caltrain right-of-way and hit a power pole, Bullerjahn said.
Emergency personnel found Williams unconscious behind the wheel. An officer went into the car to assist Williams, who regained consciousness shortly thereafter. But both the officer and Williams were ordered to stay in the vehicle for one and a half hours after emergency responders discovered two downed wires from the power pole, and it was not clear if they were live, Bullerjahn said.
The officer administered first aid to Williams at the scene while the Palo Alto Fire Department and Caltrain cleared the area and shut off power. Williams was the only person in the vehicle.
The driver of the first Prius, a 43-year-old Daly City man, complained of pain and was transported to the emergency room. The occupants of the second Prius, a 62-year-old man and his wife, 68, of Mountain View, were also injured and were transported to the hospital. The man complained of neck and back pain and his wife suffered a broken leg, Bullerjahn said. All three were treated, and none had life-threatening injuries, he added.
Williams could face additional charges after investigations are completed, Bullerjahn said.