Elderly Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday July 02, 2009 - 09:52:00 AM

A 79-year-old man, recently arrived from Iran, was seriously injured Monday night, June 29, when he stepped into traffic on Gilman Street. 

The Berkeley Police Department’s spokesperson, Officer Andrew J. Frankel, said the man was walking eastward in the southern crosswalk at the intersection of Ninth Street and Gilman when, for unknown reasons, he abruptly turned and walked onto Gilman. 

The man was struck by a 1995 green Toyota Camry, said Officer Frankel, 

While the police spokesperson said the injured man was taken to Highland Hospital and is expected to recover, a close family friend said the injured man’s condition is critical. 

“He’s fighting for his life,” said the friend. 

Officer Frankel said no charges have been filed in the accident, which is still under investigation.