Injured Pedestrian Struck By Car Dies

By Judith Scherr
Friday December 28, 2007

Erica Madrid, a supervising public health nurse in the Berkeley Public Health Department, died Friday, as a result of injuries sustained when she was hit by an automobile Dec. 12 at about 4:25 p.m., while crossing Solano Avenue going south at Fresno Avenue. 

Traffic police initially estimated that the driver was going about 20 miles per hour heading east and that Madrid was in the crosswalk. It was determined at the time that the motorist was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Mary Kusmiss. 

Traffic officers were not available to answer questions on whether the driver would be charged. 

There was a pedestrian fatality at the same intersection on June 3, when a retired Berkeley Police Department officer, found to be under the influence of alcohol, struck and killed a pedestrian.  

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.