Pacifica Police Seeking Suspect in Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash

Police are asking for the public's help in tracking down a suspect who fatally struck a pedestrian in Pacifica Tuesday evening.

Officers responded to a report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash in the first block of Palmetto Avenue at about 7:40 p.m., police said.

Police said the reporting party informed dispatch that the vehicle involved in the incident fled the scene.

When officers arrived, a man around 50 years old was found in the roadway. The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect vehicle is only described as gray or dark colored, possibly a Monte Carlo, Charger or similar type car. It was last seen heading north on Palmetto Avenue, police said.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call (650) 738-7314 or anonymously at (650) 359-4444.
Rebecca January 15, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Edward et al, The accident was approximately 1/2 north of Walgreens/Safeway on Palmetto, heading north towards Pacific Manor. I live in the Lands End apartments (facing Palmetto) sadly just 2 blocks from the scene. It happened right where the apt complexes end and the view of the ocean opens to the left. Ironically, this is also where the sidewalk ends. I frequent that very stretch up Palmetto walking my dog/running, and at times, park my car...usually at that very time of night. As a stroke of fate had me coming home later than usual last night, I had seen the aftermath and a lifeless victim. I hate to say it, but I am not at all surprised by this. Car FLY through that stretch of road. I myself have had near misses from the reckless drivers who use that road, despite my light clothing and my flashing headlamp. With no sidewalk, few street lights and hardly any road lane reflectors, this is a VERY dangerous road as a pedestrian. I've been lucky a few times with my car door alone! The city of Pacifica really needs to patrol this more. I have no idea what the speed limit is, but I'd guess most motorists peak at 50 mph.
Kathy Sampson January 15, 2014 at 05:16 PM
The "first block of Palmetto"? What, no cross street? So sad to hear of this accident. Hit & run ...driver was either driving without a license or drunk. With three bars in the area....
Lois Poblitz January 15, 2014 at 05:53 PM
I also live by that area next to Land's End and have witnessed cars going WAY too fast. I also walk my Grandsons from school, at Ocean Shore and that particular area is insane with irate drivers and those that don't look before entering it. I don't mean to say it is this poor man's fault.....it IS something that Pacifica Police need to address. I will keep an eye out for that car, as that is the best one can do. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.
Rebecca January 15, 2014 at 07:25 PM
@Kathy: The closest cross street is Esplanade Ave...which is still several blocks from the scene. It happened at a stretch of road exactly between Esplanade Ave and Westline Dr. I live ON Palmetto, walking that stretch almost every day at all times of the day, I'm telling you, people speed through there fast and recklessly ALL THE TIME. I'd almost feel safer walking Hwy 1 (at least there is a shoulder and streetlights). The scene was a desolate section of road with no sidewalks and few lane markings, but that shouldn't excuse the excessive speeds or pedestrian endangerment. Palmetto services a mainly local demographic, so I hope this killer gets caught, although we may never know WHY they hit and left. What is this world coming to? I just hope the City of Pacifica takes this as a wake up call to patrol that area better before anyone else gets hurt. My condolences go out to their family.
Pacifica Progress January 16, 2014 at 11:18 AM
This is terrible. We need a better description of the vehicle than "A Monte Carlo or Charger" Those two cars are totally different looking. And how old approximately? Cars from the 70's look much different than from 90's or 2000's. The witness must have some idea. Can we get PD to post this?


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