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Man run over by truck while sleeping dies in East Palo Alto

Original post made on May 17, 2018

A 47-year-old homeless man who was sleeping on an abandoned mattress on an East Palo Alto street was killed after being run over by a truck on Thursday morning, East Palo Alto police Cmdr. Jeff Liu said in a statement.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:19 PM

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Posted by DC McGlynn
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 17, 2018 at 8:19 pm

I hope this was a tragic accident and not an intentional act. Every driver should be reminded to NEVER drive over anything in the road way, especially a pile of leaves.
Remember this tragic accident in OR

Web Link

A reminder to us all .. especially in the Fall here streets with mounds of leaves.

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Posted by Too Funny
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 18, 2018 at 9:54 am

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Posted by jet pilot
a resident of Stanford
on May 18, 2018 at 10:28 am

This is incredibly sad. We are the wealthiest country in the world. We can and should do a much better job caring for our most vulnerable.

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Posted by Rose A
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 18, 2018 at 10:53 am

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I sincerely hope that this was an accident. It's very sad that one of our very visible neighbors died in this terrible incident. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

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Posted by native to the bay
a resident of College Terrace
on May 18, 2018 at 10:58 am

What a tragedy! This is my great worry with the hundreds of double trailer trucks traveling at unsafe speeds to and from major construction at Stanford. It appears to be a gigantic earth hauling operation. the truck drivers are traveling at high speeds by three's and fours in a row from Page Oregon Express Way. Why they don't have construction flags and "Men at Work" signage along El Camino Real from Page Mill and Galvez/Sand Hill Road and El Camino ? Why are they not exiting at Embroiderer and HWY 101 - that is a straight shoot into Stanford campus? There should be construction flaggers to slow these truck drivers down along their route. Where is Palo Alto's Traffic Safety and Safe Routes to School on this? They are driving thru major school area's and in town arteries from sun up to sun down at little or no concern for pedestrians, buses, and bikes. I hope Palo Alto knows these trucks cause road deterioration and kick up rocks along the way. As a parent getting kids to and from school is major planning operation that cannot be avoided - do something fast before there is an accident.

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Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on May 18, 2018 at 11:31 am

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This is so sad. I cannot fathom why the man was not all the way off the road when he prepared to sleep for the night. And it's a tragedy also for the truck driver who surely never intended to run over a person in the roadway.

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Posted by Question
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 18, 2018 at 2:42 pm

Rose A - if he had family and friends as you suggest, why was he sleeping in the street?

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Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on May 18, 2018 at 4:06 pm

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There's much about this story that is unspeakably sad. Homeless. Sleeping on an abandoned mattress. Run over by a truck. Accidentally killed. Homeless people have numerous challenges; finding a safe place to sleep at the end of the day should not be one of them.

We have evolved into a municipality that isn't functioning as it should. Instead of street furniture, how about using that money to build a few shelters?

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Posted by ABC
a resident of Meadow Park
on May 19, 2018 at 10:12 am

I feel sorry for driver...too much stress for him

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