Mountain View Voice

News - November 11, 2011

Crime briefs

Pedestrian fatality

Mountain View police are hoping to find witnesses to a fatal car accident that took the life of a 91-year-old pedestrian on Monday, Nov. 7.

The victim may have been trying to cross the street at the intersection of El Camino Real and The Americana when he was struck by a white Toyota pickup truck just before 5:40 p.m., said police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. The driver, a 78-year-old from Sunnyvale, was turning from The Americana onto eastbound El Camino Real when his truck struck the man, Wylie said.

The victim died of his injuries at the hospital later that same evening, she said. His name had not been released as of the Voice's press deadline on Tuesday, pending the notification of his family.

The driver, whose name was also withheld, cooperated with police, Wylie said. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been a factor, she said.

Almost no witnesses were at the scene, although traffic investigators believe a number of people may have witnessed the accident, since it occurred at a busy time of day. Police planned to hand out leaflets to drivers Tuesday night in the hopes of finding more witnesses, Wylie said.

Home robbed of jewelry

Jewelry was reported stolen from a home in the 600 block of Lola Lane that showed no signs of forced entry, said Mountain View police. The 87-year-old victim was on vacation with her family between Oct. 24 and Nov. 5, and reported the burglary when she returned, said Liz Wyle, the police spokeswoman.

About 20 pieces of jewelry were reported stolen, worth about $7,900, Wylie said. There were no signs of forced entry, but the burglar may have entered through an unlocked window, she said.

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