Woman Severely Injured Crossing Solano Avenue Wednesday

By Judith Scherr
Friday December 14, 2007

A city employee, crossing Solano Avenue at Fresno Avenue Wednesday afternoon was struck and seriously injured by an automobile going east, according to Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, Berkeley Police Department spokesperson. 

The victim, a woman whose name has not been released, was in a crosswalk walking south on Fresno Avenue at about 4:25 p.m. The car that hit her was going about 20 miles per hour, Kusmiss said. 

The victim sustained severe head and face trauma, along with a number of possible broken bones, Kusmiss said. She was transported by ambulance to a local trauma center. “She is considered in critical condition,” Kusmiss said. 

The motorist, an Oakland resident, was determined not to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An investigation will determine whether there will be charges against her.  

There was a fatality at the same intersection June 3, when the driver, a retired Berkeley Police Department officer, was found to be under the influence of alcohol. There have been 13 automobile accidents at Solano and Fresno between 2002 and 2007—this is the third auto-pedestrian accident among them, Kusmiss said.