Berkeley police cruiser (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso

A woman who was hit by a motorist as she walked in South Berkeley just before 6 p.m. Sunday is in critical condition, authorities report.

The woman, who was described as elderly, was hit by a car on Sacramento Street near Oregon Street, said Lt. Peter Hong of the Berkeley Police Department.

BPD’s Fatal Accident Investigation Team has been called out due to the severity of the woman’s injuries.

Hong said the driver remained at the scene and is cooperating.

Police have asked the community to avoid the area: “Southbound Sacramento Street between Stuart Street and Russell Street is closed and will require a detour. Eastbound Oregon Street at Stanton Street is also closed.”

Stay tuned for updates.

Update, Monday, May 6, 2:45 p.m.: The Berkeley Police Department released a bit more detail Monday afternoon about the circumstances of Sunday’s crash. BPD identified the pedestrian as a 69-year-old woman who was walking east to cross Sacramento when a southbound driver hit her. Police said the driver, a 58-year-old man from Berkeley, stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

The woman’s city of residence was not yet available and it was not yet known if she was in a crosswalk at the time of the crash.

As of Sunday night, the woman was in critical condition but she was stable, police said. Officer Byron White, BPD spokesman, said police were on their way to the hospital to get an update as of shortly after noon.

Update, Monday, May 6, 3:45 p.m. The woman remains in critical but stable condition, White said.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...