Updated: Pedestrian Killed in Crash Near San Rafael Transit Hub

The 12:30 p.m. accident occurred near Heatherton and Third streets.

Authorities are investigating a an accident in San Rafael on Friday that left one pedestrian dead.
Authorities are investigating a an accident in San Rafael on Friday that left one pedestrian dead.

Updated at 4:52 p.m.:


By James Lanaras

Bay City News Service


A woman was killed and a man was injured when they were struck and run over by a dump truck in a San Rafael crosswalk early this afternoon, a  police spokeswoman said.

At 12:17 p.m., the couple was walking west on the south side of Third Street and was crossing Hetherton Street in a crosswalk when a loaded  dump truck traveling west on Third Street turned left onto Hetherton and  struck them, San Rafael police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said.

The woman died at the scene and the man was taken to a hospital, Rohrbacher said.

Both the pedestrians and the truck had a green light but the driver should have yielded to the pedestrians, according to Rohrbacher.

The truck driver said he didn't see the couple in the crosswalk, but stopped after he heard a sound and looked in his rearview mirror, Rohrbacher said.

Police advised motorists to take alternate routes to get to the San Rafael Transit Center, which is located near the scene of the collision.


By Dan McMenamin

Bay City News Service

One person is dead following a crash between a vehicle and a pedestrian in San Rafael this afternoon, fire and California Highway Patrol officials said.

The collision was reported sometime around 12:30 p.m. near the San Rafael Transit Center at Third and Hetherton streets, San Rafael Fire Chief Christopher Gray said.

"It was just horrible, it's heartbreaking" said Andy Falk, who was near the intersection at the time of the crash.

"That's just a really dangerous intersection, I cross there every day and people are always dodging cars."

The CHP's Marin office wrote on Twitter that the collision resulted in a fatality and has prompted the northbound Central San Rafael off-ramp from Interstate Highway 580 to back up to the highway.

No other information about the collision was immediately available.


Gideon Rubin contributed to this report.

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diane January 03, 2014 at 08:53 PM
They should have multiple signals on a corner like this, so that pedestrians and vehicles do not have a green light at the same time. Also, the heavy traffic can be blamed on the density that has been created in San Rafael. And the worse is yet to come....via SMART!
Nathalie W January 05, 2014 at 10:33 AM
I was there. Shortly after the accident happened someone brought some flower. Some people were taking pictures & videos .. This is a side of humane nature that is scary. Also it prevents Police & EMS to do their job ..They had to put a white tent to prevent people from interfering with their work.


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