Update: Woman struck and killed by driver on Ashby Avenue is identified

A mother and her daughter were walking in Berkeley when a motorist struck them around 10 p.m. Monday. The daughter survived.

Police vehicles block off Ashby and Shattuck avenues early Tuesday morning after the Monday night crash. Credit: Supriya Yelimeli

Update, July 29: The pedestrian who died after a fatal collision in Berkeley on Monday has been identified by the Alameda County coroner’s office as Latitia Austin Ahmad, 54, of Vallejo.

Ahmad and her 25-year-old daughter, a Berkeley resident, were crossing Ashby Avenue near Newbury Street at 9:56 p.m. when the collision occurred, according to police. The driver of the car, a 24-year-old woman from Oakland, was heading eastbound on Ashby. She cooperated with the police and has not been charged.

There is no marked crosswalk at Ashby Avenue and Newbury, according to police.

Ahmad and her daughter were taken to the hospital. Ahmad was pronounced dead and her daughter was treated for injuries.


Original story: A driver struck two pedestrians near the intersection of Ashby Avenue and Newbury Street in South Berkeley on Monday shortly before 10 p.m., killing a woman in her 50s and leaving the other woman hospitalized in stable condition, according to police.

Berkeley police said they received numerous reports about the fatal collision.

“When emergency personnel arrived, they discovered two women who had been seriously injured during the collision and both women were transported to a local hospital,” police said.

“Despite life-saving measures taken at the hospital, one of the women (a woman in her 50’s) passed away.  The other injured woman (a woman in her 20’s) remains in stable condition.”

The driver was identified and is cooperating with the investigation, according to police, and drugs and alcohol are not suspected in the crash.

City Councilmember Terry Taplin tweeted about the collision. (As of publication time, police had not confirmed whether a mother and daughter were involved in the fatal crash.)

Ashby Avenue was blocked off between Adeline Street and Shattuck Avenue until about 4 a.m. Tuesday, when police opened up the street to traffic.

Police have asked anyone with information about the fatal crash to call the Traffic Unit at 510-981-5980.

BPD’s Fatal Accident Investigation Team (FAIT) is handling the investigation.

This is a developing story.

Frances Dinkelspiel is co-founder and executive editor of Cityside. Email: frances@citysidejournalism.org.