“If they don’t revise their practice of texting drivers while driving with unmounted cellphones,” said Mark Webb, “there will be more accidents.”
The woman, a 43-year-old mother, was on her way to meet her husband and their three children for lunch when the crash happened.
The Berkeley Fire Department rushed the woman to Highland Hospital in an effort to save her life. She was not breathing and had no pulse.
Authorities have identified the man who died Nov. 17 as Angel Barrera of Richmond. He was killed by a hit-and-run driver.
In 2004, a group of neighbors were given permission to garden on two empty lots along Ashby Avenue. With one of the lots up for sale, they’re rallying to save their garden.
The man’s death first appeared to have been due to a medical emergency. On Wednesday, police asked for help to find the driver who hit him.
Ernestine Bankston, 85, was identified as the victim in the early morning fire, the coroner’s office reported.
The mother and child took refuge in Whole Foods after the man grabbed the child, BPD said, and “made a threat to bash the child’s head in.”
The vehicle was a “lowered, dark-color, mid 90’s sedan, with tinted windows (possibly a Nissan Altima),” police said.
The family’s attorney has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against DoorDash and the driver. The attorney also plans to sue the city, alleging inadequate lighting and signage.
A fundraiser has been launched to help with Latitia Austin Ahmad’s funeral costs.
The family said they do not understand many of the decisions made by police and are concerned race may have played a role in their approach.