Updated: 62-year-old man hit, killed downtown

Arthur Garcia, 62, who was struck by a car and killed early

A 62-year-old male Gilroy resident was hit by a car and killed
at the southern end of downtown at 6:10 a.m. Thursday, police
said.
A 62-year-old male Gilroy resident was hit by a car and killed at the southern end of downtown at 6:10 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Police still had not released the name of the victim as of 5:30 a.m. Friday because relatives had not been notified, according to police. Gilroy Police Sgt. Jim Gillio said no one had been arrested in connection with the accident, which occurred at Eighth and Monterey streets. However, he said the vehicle that hit the pedestrian was a blue 2007 Nissan Versa two-door, and its sole occupant was the driver.

The driver did not appear to be drunk at the time of the accident, according to police. Police also did not release the name of the driver.

Jesus Castro, a taxi driver for Golden Taxi Co., said he saw a Nissan crash into a post on the sidewalk on the eastern corner of the intersection about that time. The vehicle was traveling eastbound on Eighth Street and made a left-hand turn onto Monterey Street, he said. However, Castro did not see anyone who had been hit, he said.

A dark circle on the northeast corner of the intersection on Thursday appeared to mark where a post had once stood. Police confirmed that the driver of the Nissan hit the post, a road sign, a concrete landscaping wall, and the pedestrian.

After the accident, both the pedestrian and the driver were taken to Bay Area hospitals. The pedestrian died from his wounds there. The driver had non-life threatening injuries.

Tina Ky, who works at the snack shop at Caltrain depot and Greyhound bus station, said she saw police and a couple of ambulances at the intersection earlier that morning, but she did not know what had happened because she was busy helping customers.

On Thursday, a representative at the Santa Clara County Office of the Medical Examiner-Coroner said they could not release information about the man in the accident, but expected to be able to release such information Friday.

People with information on the accident can call Officer Garcia or Detective Beltran at 846-0350.

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