Man Dies After Being Struck by Five Cars in South San Jose

A pedestrian died early this morning after being struck by five cars, according to the San Jose Police Department, which is investigating the fatal hit-and-run.

Officers responded at 6:23am Monday to the collision at Almaden Expressway and Camden Avenue in south San Jose, SJPD spokesman Sgt. Enrique Garcia said. A red pickup driving north on Almaden Expressway in the leftmost lane hit the victim, an adult man whose identity is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

Per police, the truck driver stopped for a moment before fleeing the scene. Four more cars proceeded to run over the man as he laid on the busy thoroughfare.

Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. Police are still trying to find the suspect.

The hit-and-run marks San Jose’s sixth traffic-related fatality to date in 2019. Just five days ago, a 59-year-old woman died after being hit by a car on East Santa Clara Street by North 10th Street, according to police.

San Jose—which has been trying for a couple years to implement a “Vision Zero” initiative to eliminate traffic deaths by upgrading infrastructure—actually saw a spike in such fatalities last year. In 2018, the city counted 52 traffic deaths, about half of which involved pedestrians and bicyclists. In 2017, there were 46, with 16 involving pedestrians.

SJPD urges anyone with dash-cam or cellphone footage or any useful information about this morning’s hit-and-run fatality to contact Det. Troy Sirmons at 408.277.4654.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 408.947.7867. Info that leads to an arrest and conviction could potentially qualify the tipster for a cash reward.

19 Comments

  1. > San Jose—which has been trying for a couple years to implement a “Vision Zero” initiative to eliminate traffic deaths by upgrading infrastructure—actually saw a spike in such fatalities last year.

    “Vision Zero”? Spike in fatalities?

    Ooooops.

  2. San Jose Police Department is in part responsible for those accidents. I was recently rear ended early in the morning by a guy that was speeding. When San Jose Police arrived, the officer talking to me was trying hard to incriminate me. I requested his supervisor to come since I wanted to file a formal complaint about his behavior. After the supervisor arrived, he changed his attitude. I hired a law firm from Hollywood. I already had a surgery for lower back injury and may have a second one. I went in person to pick up the report since it would take about three months for my attorney to obtain it online. The report stated driver violated speeding laws. The guy also appeared to be under the influence; something was odd. I asked the officers to test us for driving under the influence, but they refused to. This is not the first time San Jose PD has tried to give passes to irresponsible drivers. Truckers are typically speeding on the freeway and in the city. They hardly receive tickets. Speeders and drivers under the influence are a serious threats to the health and life of other drivers and people in general.

    • Maybe policemen just tired. Those incidences should be monitored by cameras. This is 2019 in Silicon Valley. How could a person stuck by multiple cars while nobody is responsible for it.

    • Trying really hard to incriminate or investigate? What does you hiring a lawyer from Hollywood have anything to do with a person getting run over. Just because the police can’t be everywhere they are giving passes? Interesting take on the world. And on to the next story.

      • I am sure you are a police officer of those that are corrupted. San Jose Police Department has a reputation. Hiring a lawyer from out of the area may help not being cheated by the cortuption of the local courts, police department, Sheriff department and all local officials. Event DA is part of the club. This, in the event she suits the officer.

  3. > A red pickup driving north on Almaden Expressway in the leftmost lane hit the victim, an adult man whose identity is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

    Lots of questions here.

    If I understand the approximate location, the “leftmost lane” of Almaden Expressway us the “fast lane”, and to the left of the fast lane is a median strip with shrubbery where “homeless” people like to camp.

    Almaden Expressway is two lanes wide in this area, and to the right of the rightmost lane is a “bike lane”.

    I believe the posted speed limit is 45 mph, which in my opinion, poses a significant hazard to people riding in the bike lane and expecting three feet of clearance to protect them.

    I’ll be waiting for the full story to emerge.

    • What does someone being homeless have anything to do with the accuracy of someone being hit by a wreckless driver?

      • > What does someone being homeless have anything to do with the accuracy of someone being hit by a wreckless driver?

        I can’t do all your thinking for you. You HAVE to try do something on your own.

        Now CONCENTRATE! TRY! THINK!

        You can DO this!

      • Izaster,

        Why do we automatically assume the driver was at fault? Given SJOBubble’s description and my own knowledge of the area, there is a likelihood that the squashed individual was a “homeless”. Homeless people are frequently under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and/or are mentally ill to the point that they become completely unaware of their surroundings and this could easily have lead to this individual wandering out of the bushes in the median and into the fast lane of traffic before the hapless driver could react and avoid the collision.

        Why did the driver flee the scene? Perhaps he was an illegal alien who didn’t know San Jose is a sanctuary city where he is immune to virtually any police enforcement action. What do I win if I’m right and this suspect turns out to be an illegal alien with no drivers license or insurance, and do I get extra points if he’s on public assistance too? My guess would be that these latter facts will never be published or exposed. It makes little sense to ruin a perfectly good narrative for the sake of one homeless guy and besides, at least someone is doing something to reduce the homeless population in San Jose.

  4. Wow, bubble and tazer are just a pair of idiots! Tazer is trying to provide an explanation about bubble’s assumptions on homessless people. Then, he starts to blame undocumented residents whom he calls Aliens? My understanding is that truckers are required to have more training and other requirements in order to have a lisence to drive a truck. Very unlikely an undocumented person would have a job as a trucker.

  5. Guys please ..he wasn’t homeless..he was a family man with a wife and two grown up sons..he was a very dear friend of mine..please do think of all of us before you write such irresponsible insensitive things..he did a lot for the San Jose community..pray that he reata in peace instead of saying such awful things

    • > please do think of all of us before you write such irresponsible insensitive things..

      Nothing I wrote was irresponsible or insensitive.

      YOUR response was a crass attempt to politicize the tragic and unfortunate death of “a family man with a wife and two grown up sons.” Shame on you.

      People who politicize facts or legitimate questions are just soulless cretins.

      • SAN JOSE OUTSIDE THE BUBBLE, Your trolling is disgusting and your argument is so entirely flawed that you might be one of the most idiotic people to ever comment on here, even more so than the racist xenophobic POS J.S.ROBILLARD. Maybe YOU need to actual use intelligence and realize there is no verifiable proof or FACTS (yes I understand facts could be hard to understand for someone with your limited mental capacity) that this guy was homeless and you are literally the only person politicizing this with your nonsensical babbling and homeless conspiracy theory BS. The man that was run down by this heartless and rabid road-rage maniac was a family man with kids. Do everyone a favor and beat your head against a brick wall until you learn something useful instead of spouting anti-homeless vitriol.

        • > SAN JOSE OUTSIDE THE BUBBLE, Your trolling is disgusting and your argument is so entirely flawed that you might be one of the most idiotic people to ever comment on here, . . .

          I don’t think you mentioned that I am also deplorable, Is there a reason you left that out?

          Some people might take this as a hint that I voted for Hillary,

    • Deepika, sorry about your friend. Even if he was homeless or undocumented, it would still be tragic, no difference!

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