Santa Clara: Man hit, killed while sleeping in parking stall

SANTA CLARA – A 74-year-old homeless man was hit and killed by a car while sleeping in a parking stall in Santa Clara on Monday, police said.

The collision was reported at a parking lot at El Camino Real and Halford Avenue about 4:30 p.m., the Santa Clara Police Department said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.

Police said an investigation revealed the man had been sleeping on the ground near the left edge of a marked parking stall when the driver of a 2019 Toyota Camry pulled into a stall to the left of the man. After a brief moment and without getting out of the car, the driver backed out of the stall.

“During the turning movement, the Camry struck the man, as the driver was unaware that he was sleeping on the ground,” police said.

The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Police said drugs, alcohol and distracted driving do not appear to have played a role in the collision.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office will release the man’s identity once it has been confirmed and his next of kin is notified.

The same man was hit by a different vehicle at the same location and under the same circumstances on Sunday, police said. He was treated for moderate injuries at a hospital. Police said the driver in that collision also reported not seeing the man lying on the ground.

An officer and a rehabilitation counselor from the Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing tried to offer the man housing resources following the first collision, but he refused all services, police said.

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Author: Jason Green