Pedestrian killed on Shoreline Boulevard

Victim is Mountain View High School alum, 26

The man who was killed when he was hit by a truck while walking in Mountain View Monday night is 26-year-old Erik Onorato of Mountain View, a police spokeswoman said. His family said Onorato was an alum of Mountain View High School.

Police responded to the collision just before 9 p.m., April 9, on North Shoreline Boulevard, spokeswoman Liz Wylie said.

The collision was not a hit-and-run; the driver stayed on the scene and was very cooperative with investigators, Wylie said. "He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol," she said.

The driver had been traveling north on North Shoreline Boulevard in a Ford pickup truck when he hit the man just after Wright Avenue.

The man was pronounced dead on the scene, Wylie said. He was not carrying identification, and was not dressed as a runner, she said. "It is certainly possible he was out for a jog in non-traditional running garb, but I cannot confirm that because we do not know at this point. He was wearing pajama-type pants," Wylie said Tuesday afternoon.

Police stayed on the scene investigating overnight, and northbound North Shoreline Boulevard was shut down through the night, Wylie said.

"It is unclear at this point in time where the pedestrian was or what his actions were just prior to being hit by the truck," she said.

In the wake of the incident, police sought, and were eventually contacted by, a woman who had performed CPR on the victim before officers arrived at the scene of the accident, Wylie said. The woman left as soon as police took over emergency procedures, and she was not initially identified.

After seeing media reports noting that police needed her help, the woman contacted the Mountain View Police Department, Wylie said.

Anyone else who witnessed the accident is encouraged to call police at 650-903-6344.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.


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Posted by Jes Casey
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I am a close friend of Erik, I just wanted to thank the lady who tried to preform CPR, and the person who stayed on the scene, instead of running. I am glad he was not alone. Thank You MV for your efforts.

Erik was a jolly and delightful man to be around, he was a pilot and the best kind of friend. He is flying higher than ever now.

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Posted by Mallory Knowlton
a resident of another community
on Apr 11, 2012 at 9:34 am

I too want to thank the woman who tried tI help our dear friend Erik. He was so generous with his friends and family it's is of some comfort that he had two people generous enough to be with him in his last moments. We know he's flying in his rickety plane over a beautiful golf course before a round of 18 holes with his uncle. xoxo

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Posted by Dawn
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

I think Mountain View needs to put more street lights in crosswalks. I know there are areas on Shoreline that are way too dark and pedestrians can not be seen while walking across the street. At night, I have to almost come to a stop on Shoreline to really see if someone is waiting to walk across the street. There have been times when someone was standing at the crosswalk but I could not see them at all until I was right there. It is scary. I don't know if this situation had anything to do with poor lighting, but I know "poor lighting" is a major problem on that street and other areas in Mountain View. Can't the city put flashing lights in crosswalks when the walk buttons are pushed? I think that would be a good investment for our city.

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