Car strikes two people, dog in San Martin

 

Two pedestrians were hospitalized with moderate injuries after
they were struck by a car in San Martin.
Two pedestrians were hospitalized with moderate injuries after they were struck by a car in San Martin.

Three people who lived in the area of Harding and California avenues were out walking about 6:45 p.m. Thursday, according the California Highway Patrol officer Jeremy Kingsley. A Toyota Camry that was traveling north on Harding Avenue, the same direction in which the group was walking, hit two of the pedestrians – one male and one female. Also hit was a dog owned by the female victim.

The female who was hit suffered cuts and lacerations, Kingsley said. The male suffered broken bones, cuts and lacerations. The dog suffered minor injuries, and was treated and released.

The two human victims were life-flighted by helicopter to the hospital – one to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and one to San Jose Regional Hospital.

The driver of the Camry stopped at the scene, which was just south of the intersection of California Avenue. Harding Avenue was closed for about 45 minutes.

Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, Kingsley said. Investigators have not determined the cause of the accident, but Kingsley said it could have been “inattention” on the part of the Camry driver.

The road in that area is not well-lit and becomes dark early. The car was apparently already slowing down for an upcoming stop sign when it hit the pedestrians, and traveling about 20 to 25 miles per hour.

“That’s why these injuries weren’t a lot worse,” Kingsley said.

Police declined to release the names of the victims or the driver. Kingsley said the three pedestrians were friends, and were in their early-20s.

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