Update, 6:25 pm: The pedestrian who was involved in an accident on Marin and Colusa has been released from the hospital and is doing well, according to authorities. The preliminary collision investigation by BPD revealed that a senior female resident of Albany driving her car eastbound on Marin Avenue was making a southbound turn onto Colusa Avenue. A senior Berkeley male pedestrian was walking across Colusa from the southwest to the southeast in the crosswalk (thus eastbound in the crosswalk) when he was struck by the car.
Original story: A collision between a car and a male pedestrian at the intersection of Colusa and Marin avenues in Berkeley on Tuesday night has left the pedestrian in serious condition in hospital.
The initial medical assessment of the pedestrian by BFD and BPD, after they received a call about the accident at 7:58 pm, prompted concern the injuries could be potentially life threatening and the on-duty BPD watch commander called the the Fatal Accident Investigation team to complete the investigation.
Late last night, however, BPD received word that the pedestrian/patient was alert and talking. Physicians deemed him in serious but stable condition, according to Sgt Mary Kusmiss of the BPD. We will provide further details about the accident as they are made available.
This is the second serious accident on Marin this year. On January 30, 18-year-old Tyler De Martini died after being hit by a 54-year old man driving a Prius around 7:05 pm at the intersection of Marin and Tulare avenues. De Martini, who was not wearing a helmet, was in violation of the California Vehicle Code, which requires skateboarders to use sidewalks if they are available.
In 2005, a stretch of Marin Avenue was narrowed from four travel lanes to two. A two-way turn lane and bicycle lanes were added to make the street safer for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. But, according to a report on Albany Patch, public records from the California Highway Patrol show that the number of injury collisions on Marin Avenue increased after 2005.
There were no fatal collisions in the city of Berkeley in 2011, although a pedestrian was killed when he was struck by a vehicle on Interstate Highway 80 in Berkeley in November 2011. There were two fatal collisions in the city in 2010, and four in 2009.
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