Fatal Accident involving Berkeley City Vehicle
BERKELEY, Calif. — A 70-year-old woman died in a collision with a City of Berkeley vehicle this afternoon, California Highway Patrol officials said.
Someone called the CHP at 1:21 p.m. to report the collision at Channing Way and Fulton Street near the University of California at Berkeley campus, CHP Officer Matthew Hamer said.
A city employee was driving a city sedan that struck the woman who was crossing the street in a crosswalk.
The victim was pronounced dead at 1:31 p.m.
According to Hamer, witnesses told investigators that the vehicle was going at about 15 mph. The driver of the vehicle is cooperating with investigators.
Hamer said neither drugs nor alcohol played a role in the collision.
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