San Jose City Council candidate Jenny Higgins Bradanini on Monday struck and killed a pedestrian with her car on Blossom Hill Road.
Higgins Bradanini, who’s running for Councilman Johnny Khamis’ open District 10 seat, announced the incident in an email to her supporters late Wednesday, saying she would take some time off to “recover from this accident and grieve the loss of life.”
According to campaign consultant Eric Stroker, Higgins Bradanini had left a meeting at San Jose City Hall to head to a doctor’s appointment in Los Gatos when, at around 11:40am, she hit a 66-year-old man on the 900 block of Blossom Hill Road.
The Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department has yet to return calls for comment. But in a press release, the agency said the victim of the impact was pronounced dead at the scene. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office identified the man as Timothy Starkey, a Santa Cruz resident.
Higgins Bradanini—who was driving alone at the time of the crash and was not arrested after the incident—expressed sympathies for the man’s surviving loved ones.
“I am heartbroken and deeply saddened by this tragic death,” she wrote in an email. “My heart goes out to the man’s family and loved ones as they are suffering this tragic loss. Words cannot adequately express my sorrow, and I ask for your support in sending your thoughts and condolences to the devastated family.”
It’s unclear how the incident will affect her bid for public office. Higgins Bradanini, the co-founder and president of the Bay Area Women’s March, is running in the spring primary against former Brigade CEO Matt Mahan and local businesswoman Helen Wang.
This article has been updated.