Berkeley: Man’s death, thought to be medical emergency, actually a hit-and-run

BERKELEY — A man found and pronounced dead at a public intersection earlier this month is now believed to have been a victim of a hit-and-run collision, authorities said.

At 12:35 a.m. Sept. 6, police responded to Ashby and Adeline avenues for a report of a man lying in a center median, according to a statement Wednesday.

Officers tried life-saving measures until firefighters arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene. Investigators found no apparent collision signs or obvious trauma, and preliminarily assessed the death as being caused by a medical emergency.

But an autopsy conducted days later found the man’s injuries showed he had been struck by a vehicle, most likely late on Sept. 5. There was no information available on a suspect vehicle.

The death became the city’s fifth traffic fatality this year. A deputy with the Alameda County Sheriff’s coroner’s division said Wednesday the man’s identity was still pending.

Anyone with information about the collision may call Berkeley police’s traffic unit at 510-981-5980 and reference Case No. 21-00040538.

Contact George Kelly at 408=859-5180.

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Author: George Kelly