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Man Killed at Bus Stop After Car Careens into Him

According to witnesses the vehicle was going too fast.

A middle-aged man has been killed when an out-of-control vehicle went through a light and hit him at the bus stop.

According to witnesses the navy-blue Audi A4 appeared to be going too fast and went through the light at California Street and Escuela Avenue. The car then hit a man at the VTA bus stop on the south side of the intersection and dragged him. A fire department source confirmed the fatality.

"Upon arrival it was determined that the pedestrian was deceased and that the driver had sustained injuries," said Jaime Garrett, spokeswoman for the . The department has not released information about the victim's identity.

The Audi then came to a stop on the grounds of the Maplewood Apartment Community several yards from the bus stop and faced the wrong way from traffic.

The incident occured at 9:29 a.m. The driver was taken to a local hospital.

Renee Contreras, property manager at the Maplewood Apartments at 1885 California St., said she believes the victim is a man she often sees waiting at the bus stop for the No. 35 VTA bus.

She said at about 12:30 p.m. that his body was on the lawn in front of the apartments, covered by a yellow tarp.

Contreras said that after hearing a crash, she went outside to find the Audi wrapped around a tree, with smoke coming from the vehicle. She said the car had also struck two other trees and a water line at the apartment building. Contreras said the body was about 30 or 40 feet from the bus stop.

She said the driver was sitting on a lawn near the crashed car with his head in his hands. She said she thought she heard him cussing.

"They said he was going pretty fast," Contreras said. Maplewood has no water for the time being, she added.

An eye-witness interviewed by the police department told Patch that he was driving westbound on California and about to make a left turn onto Escuela when he had to brake hard because the Audi was coming eastbound through the intersection.

Then he saw something flip over the hood.

"All I could think was I hope it wasn't a child or anyone," said Joshua, from Livermore, who has been . He did not want to give his last name.

Joshua then saw the body and realized that he had just been speaking to the man, whose routine is to take the bus at that corner.

According to Joshua, the driver—a man in his mid-20s—came out of the car and asked what had happened. The driver had glass in his forehead and a phone in his hand, he said.

"My hands are bloody because I began to take the glass out of his forehead," Joshua said.

Neighbors in the tight-knit community began to gather when they heard the commotion. Some speculated that they knew the victim, recognizable by his white hat, which remained next to the bus stop bench.

The Mountain View Police Department has closed California Street between Escuela Avenue and Mariposa Street. Traffic is being diverted up through Villa Street. VTA bus No. 35 has been rerouted along with traffic. Only that one bus stop was impacted, according to VTA Spokeswoman Brandi Childress.

Still shaken up, Joshua headed home to Livermore. He shared that his father was hit by a car in front of their house and that now this happened.

"I'm really traumatized," he said. "I have five kids, I just want to go home to them."

The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office arrived to the scene and was beginning their investigation.

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Bay City News contributed to the reporting.

commuter June 21, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Cell phone was in the car driver's hand when he crashed into the pedestrian? I hope the cops are examining his phone records right now.
Andrew Boone June 21, 2012 at 09:19 PM
commuter, Hey, I can tell from your many Patch comments that you're very interested in traffic safety issues. I am too - let's meet up and discuss ideas for how to improve safety. I asked Patch staff for your contact information but they wouldn't give it to me. Can you please email me at nauboone@gmail.com? Thanks.
Claudia Cruz (Editor) June 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM
That's what one of the witnesses saw. Nothing confirmed by the PD yet. I'm sure they'll check all possible angles.
Alicia C. June 22, 2012 at 04:54 AM
I just learned who the victim is. His name was William. A fixture around downtown MV.
Herb Russell June 22, 2012 at 05:57 AM
I am best friends with Joshua, the man who witnessed the whole accident. He called me this morning and was in such a great mood. It's a tragedy what occurred. I feel for the family involved and hope they find some comfort. Joshua was extremely shaken and we will be there to help him cope with the horror he witnessed today!
Andrew Boone June 22, 2012 at 06:55 AM
What was his last name?
Claudia Cruz (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 10:26 AM
I know who it is but won't publish identity until I get confirmation from the coroner's office. I'm sure his wife has been notified. I did hear it on television tonight however. YES, Alicia, he attends community meetings often. Always had thoughtful things to say. May he rest in peace and for what it's worth, I'm glad he didn't suffer.
Claudia Cruz (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Joshua was very kind to talk to me today. I really appreciated it. Hope he handles this well. He seemed very resilient.
L.A. Chung June 22, 2012 at 03:10 PM
This is such a tragedy, and I think readers would appreciate all follow-up information that you can get in the coming days from the police investigation. We drove by the scene yesterday afternoon en route to San Antonio Center and felt a wave of sadness looking at the downed trees and knowing what happened there.
Herb Russell June 22, 2012 at 04:56 PM
@Claudia, Josh is back at work but very physically ill. Without going into details, he saw more about Williams' last seconds of life than reported. Especially since his own Fatherpassed this way, He is taking this very hard. Thanks to his faith he is coping with much support. I only pray Williams wife is being comforted as well.
MV Resident June 22, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I have been catching the bus at this very stop for twenty-one years and I have known Bill for about the same amount of time. I did not know him well, he would just talk to whoever was around. The last time I saw him he was with his wife on the 35 bus coming from San Antonio Mall. I live right near this intersection and was very happy to hear that they were updating the signals. I have heard and seen so many accidents on this corner. I have come close to being hit myself on many occasions. RIP Bill.
Christie June 22, 2012 at 05:49 PM
MV Resident I don't know him but my heart goes out to him and his family. God Bless and RIP Bill.Very, very sad.
Claudia Cruz (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I can imagine. I spoke to him right afterwards and yes, he gave me more details than I originally published out of sensitivity to the family since they hadn't been informed.
Claudia Cruz (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Thank you for sharing. I'm going to set up a Memorial page for him. I'm sure lots of people knew him and have nice things to say.
Jet June 23, 2012 at 09:19 AM
California Street is among the most dangerous street in MV because: 1. it is the connection between the shopping district (e.g. walmart, target, or San Antonio shopping center to the downtown MV). 2. It is straight and has more people living along side the street and apts. 3. It connects to Shoreline ave which is another main road in the city, which means heavy traffic flow through. 4. Do we have any live video cam installed at the dangerous intersections? NO, as far as I know.
Daisy June 24, 2012 at 06:35 AM
I am Bill's sister-in-law. Bill's Memorial Service will be held at Spangler Mortuaries, 799 Castro St., Mountain View, on Thursday, June 28, at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Andrew Boone June 24, 2012 at 09:27 AM
Thanks very much Daisy, I have several friends who live in the neighborhood where Bill was killed - we will make every effort to attend the funeral service.
Aditya Raavan August 24, 2013 at 02:42 AM
It is so sad that now we are talking about what went wrong. Now we should talk about what should be done to stop these kind of accidents in the future. <a href="http://www.mountainviewcarservice.com"> mountainviewcarservice </a>

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