Two pedestrians tragically lost their lives in two weekend car accidents in San Jose. KRON-TV reports the first accident occurred Saturday morning in southeast San Jose. It took place along the 700 Block of Heller Avenue at around 3 a.m. on September 3, 2022.
San Jose police say the victim was in a parked car that was one of several parked cars struck by a Toyota sedan. The victim got out of his damaged vehicle and was then struck and killed by a man driving a Dodge pickup truck.
Investigators said the man in the truck showed signs of intoxication and was arrested.
The second heartbreaking pedestrian accident on Saturday occurred around 8:45 p.m. on the 5800 block of Santa Teresa Boulevard in southern San Jose. KRON-TV reported the accident was just five miles from the previous pedestrian crash.
San Jose police arrived on the scene to find a pedestrian had been struck by a car. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver involved remained on the scene to cooperate with investigators.
Pedestrians and DUI Dangers on San Jose Streets
No matter the time of day, it seems all too easy for careless or reckless drivers to ignore their duty to keep pedestrians safe. San Jose drivers must keep their eyes peeled for pedestrians, especially at night.
They are also legally obligated to slow down anytime they see someone on foot or moving across the lanes. These duties can be especially hard to fulfill when DUI drivers are impaired by drugs or alcohol.
When they fail in this duty, they can be held responsible for the harm done to victims and their families.
San Jose residents often turn a blind eye towards these essential safety checks. It’s a daily problem that has devastating effects on those who travel the city on foot. The California Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) recorded 245 pedestrian accidents involving injury across San Jose in 2021. Those accidents resulted in 11 lives lost in 2021.
Apparently, 2022 is shaping up to be an even worse year for pedestrian accidents. Shockingly, The San Jose Police say that this weekend’s tragic cases contributed the 24th and 25th pedestrian accident fatalities in 2022. The sad figures show how much room for improvement there is for San Jose motorists in all corners of the city.
A word about San Jose hit-and-run pedestrian accidents…
If your loved one has been the victim of a hit-and-run accident in Fresno, you should be aware of the benefits available to you and your family through an insurance claim. Financial support is often available to families who have lost a loved one even while a DUI driver faces criminal charges.
You can read more about these cases on my page about tragic pedestrian accidents in San Jose.