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Man killed in Palo Alto Tuesday identified

Original post made on Nov 10, 2011

A pedestrian who was struck and killed by a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus in Palo Alto Tuesday afternoon has been identified as 55-year-old San Mateo resident Robert Akers, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office. ==B Related story:==
• [Web Link Man dies at El Camino Real bus stop in Palo Alto]

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 10, 2011, 8:16 AM

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 10, 2011 at 8:44 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with this man and his family, as well as the bus driver. Sadly, the driver will have to live with the outcome of this unfortunate accident on his/her conscience for the rest of his/her life.

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Posted by Also distraught in Palo Alto
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Nov 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Nayeli - no details have yet been released. All of us only know what we've read in newspapers about this sad situation. To say the driver will have to live with his/her conscience implies the driver was somehow at fault. That may not be true. Without knowing any details, wouldn't it be wise to wait to hear the details first?

While I'm glad you called this an "unfortunate accident", the driver and passengers will need therapy for post traumatic stress disorder, helping them to put this into perspective. Anything could have caused the pedestrian to be in jeopardy - a fall, stooping to pick something up, a medical condition. Right now, no one knows. Singling out the driver of the bus, at this point, is just not wise.

But I agree with you that to keep the man's family, the driver and his/her family, and the passengers and any witnesses in prayer, is a kind and valuable thing for the community to do.

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Posted by Alphonso
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Nov 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Any one who runs over somebody "has to live with the outcome of this unfortunate accident on his/her conscience for the rest of his/her life." This was an ugly accident because of the portion of the body affected. Nobody is saying the driver was at fault

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Posted by member
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 12, 2011 at 1:54 am

yes, if I had run over someone (at fault or not) it would be very traumatic to me. No one sleeps easily over being involved with such an event - even the passengers.

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Posted by Bike Commuter
a resident of Ventura
on Nov 15, 2011 at 9:09 am

Is there an update on what happened?

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