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Hercules Police Seeking Leads from Friday's Hit and Run Collision

The Hercules Police Department is seeking information regarding the suspect vehicle, and driver, in a Pedestrian Felony Hit and Run Collision.

Police are still searching for the man who was driving a SUV when he hit a pedestrian then fled the scene of the accident Friday, January 17 around 6:20 a.m.

The 70 year old victim was in the cross walk, crossing Willow Ave., toward the BART lot, when he was struck by the SUV traveling southbound. The victim was knocked completely out of the cross walk.

The victim was transported to the local Trauma Center to receive care for head injury sustained during the collision. He was listed in “serious but stable” condition, and has since been released from the hospital.

Witnesses state the driver of the SUV stopped, got out of his vehicle, and approached the victim. A witness asked the driver if the victim was okay, and the driver said “he’s breathing."

Then driver of the SUV returned to his vehicle, backed-up, and drove around the victim as he fled the area, South on Willow Ave. toward Sycamore Ave. The suspect vehicle is described as a mid-size SUV, dark in color, which may have front end damage. The driver is described as a Caucasian male, in his 40’s, 6-2, 220 pounds, and balding.

The incident was also recorded by a passing transit bus, which was on the way to the BART lot at the time of the collision.

Anyone who has information regarding the vehicle, or driver, should contact the Hercules Police Department 510-724-1111.

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Sandra Serrano January 24, 2014 at 05:30 PM
This is horrible news. The main reason I stopped walking to HTC in the morning was too many close calls with drivers who are oblivious to pedestrians. Maybe the city needs to make the Intersections in town center more pedestrian friendly via blinking crosswalk lighting, no right turns on red, etc.
Phil Simmons January 24, 2014 at 07:45 PM
@Sandra The terms Pedestrian friendly and the City of Hercules should never be used in the same comment. It would be a false representation of one or the other.
Selina Williams January 26, 2014 at 10:13 PM
Certain people on the planning commission and city council need to get an ear full from people like Sandra. The transit center is in the middle of nowhere. There are no buses or shuttles west of San Pablo. What an idiotic way to plan a "transit oriented" community. It doesn't take a genius to see that pedestrians crossing roads with a) 40 mph speed limit b), multiple lanes for cars for ingress and egress lanes across the sidewalks linking one side of town and the transit center c) no buffer zone, no railing and narrow sidewalks d) right turn on red into freeway on ramp, e) no attempts even at traffic calming the area, are basically moving targets/future road kill. Shame on Hercules!
Kim January 28, 2014 at 02:05 PM
The planning of Hercules Transit Center is a total disappointment. Not Commuter friendly, nor pedestrian friendly. You can be run off if you don't watch out while walking to and from the Transit Center even if you use the side walk and the crossing path. In summer time, you can be burned by sun just by walking to and from the Transit Center via the Gas Station. and in winter or fall, you can be covered by dusts via the fast passing vehicles when walking through the same short distance. The Passengers waiting areas are garbage everywhere. When summer time comes, the waiting areas are hot and uncomfortable. Did the Planning Commission no to remember or know that they're extending the transit center into town to create more hazards?
Phil Simmons January 28, 2014 at 03:33 PM
Kim, The BART transit center was meant to be a short term solution. The development planned for the area never happened and will not happen in anyones lifetime that is alive today. The real failing is not the transit center itself. It is the failing of the City to commit to and follow through on the development in the area. Those development failings are also happening on San Pablo and the Waterfront. The results will be the same in those areas. Good transportation solutions that are pedestrian friendly will not happen in any significant way. Also, reducing transportation needs will not happen for generations to come. Hercules will continue to be part of the problem of bottlenecked transportation along I-80 for another 30-50 years. And matters are only going to get worse.

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