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SUV Kills Elderly Man in Crosswalk

A preliminary investigation suggests sunlight and condensation on the driver's windshield obscured his vision. The victim was 78.

From Bay City News:

A 78-year-old Concord man was killed Saturday morning after he was struck by an SUV in Concord, according to Concord police.

The man was walking north across Clayton Road near Denkinger Court in the crosswalk when he was struck by a 2010 Mercury Mariner driven by a 42-year-old Concord man around 8:40 a.m., police said.

The pedestrian was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek with major injuries. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

Based on a preliminary investigation, the driver's vision was obscured by the sun and condensation on his windshield, according to police.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, according to police.

The color of the traffic light at the time of the collision, along with possible alcohol or drug use, is under investigation, police said.

Anyone with information about the fatal crash is asked to call Concord police Officer Kevin Mansourian at (925) 671-3220.

Kymberlie Ingalls November 04, 2012 at 08:23 AM
How sad. But a reminder that even when we are in a hurry and just want to get moving, it's best to make sure all windows are defrosted and cleaned before even pulling in to the street. The little things we just don't consider. I hope there wasn't anything involved like running a red or texting or whatever. =\
Night Watch November 05, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Sad. The sun can cause obstructed vision from the glare but if alcohol was involved there IS no excuse.
smc626 November 07, 2012 at 10:17 PM
When crossing the street NEVER assume that approaching drivers can see you. TEACH YOUR KIDS this life-saving rule. Pedestrian right-of way means NOTHING if a driver does not yield to you!

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