A woman tragically died from her injuries after a hit-and-run pedestrian accident Saturday night in San Jose. According to The Mercury News, the accident occurred in southern San Jose along East Capitol Expressway on July 8, 2023.
San Jose Police responded to the scene sometime after 9:45 p.m. They say that a woman was struck near where the expressway passes over Monterey Highway. She had life-threatening injuries and was rushed to a local hospital. She was later pronounced dead there. The victim’s identity and age have not been released.
Police say they are investigating the tragedy as a hit-and-run case. They have not released a description of the vehicle involved. Officers shut down the East Capitol Expressway between Snell Avenue and Seven Trees Boulevard while they investigated what happened and looked for clues as to the identity of the driver. If you have any information about the hit-and-run suspect, please contact the San Jose Police Department.
Officials confirm that this was the 24th fatal collision in San Jose in 2023.
Pedestrian Hit-And-Run Accident Dangers in San Jose
Those who travel on foot in San Jose quickly discover how much their safety is ignored by the city and by reckless drivers. Pedestrians can be forced to walk a mile or more to find safe crosswalks. They can also have to cross nearly a dozen lanes of traffic in front of inattentive drivers just to travel a few blocks.
It’s heartbreaking enough when defenseless pedestrians get struck by cars, but when the driver responsible speeds away in a hit-and-run, the act is indefensible.
San Jose sees too many hit-and-run cases each year, and too many suspects get away without facing any consequences. According to California transportation experts, San Jose recorded 53 serious pedestrian accidents that resulted in felony hit-and-run charges in 2022. At least 7 people lost their lives in those cases.
Pedestrian accidents are too common in San Jose, and hit-and-run drivers only make the problem worse. They often leave victims in the roadway, at risk of additional impacts. They leave them waiting longer on life-saving medical care. They also stick victims and their families with the enormous costs of medical care and sometimes the expenses of a proper funeral and burial.
A note about San Jose hit-and-run pedestrian accidents…
If a loved one was the victim of a San Jose pedestrian collision, you should be aware of the benefits available to you and your family through an insurance claim. Families can receive support for funeral costs and for the income lost now that a loved one can no longer provide for the family. This is possible even if a hit-and-run driver is never identified.
You can read more about earning critical wrongful death insurance support for your family on my page about pedestrian accident claims in San Jose.