ABC’s Bay City News reports that police in San Jose have arrested a woman whom they suspect struck and killed a pedestrian, then fled the scene while driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to a statement released by the San Jose Police Department, the fatal crash happened on Sunday, November 26, at approximately 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Capitol Expressway and Bluefield Drive.
Investigators say that a woman driving a white 2016 Range Rover was heading eastbound on Capitol Expressway when she struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk at Bluefield Drive.
The driver, who had two minors in the vehicle with her at the time, fled the scene of the crash. Police were able to locate the suspect driver and arrested her at her home without incident.
The victim was rushed to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Despite all life-saving efforts made by doctors, the man died from the injuries he suffered in the crash.
Authorities have not yet released the name of the suspect driver. However, they did say that she had been booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and child endangerment.
Since this is San Jose’s 44th traffic fatality in 2023, officials remind the public to follow the rules of the road due to fewer hours of daylight, especially during the holiday season.
Anyone with any information is asked to Detective Aldinger with the San Jose Police Department’s Traffic Investigation Unit at (408) 277-4654.