SAN JOSE — A hit-and-run driver killed a man on an East San Jose street early Tuesday, police said, bringing the city close to its 2021 count of pedestrian deaths just halfway through the current year.
The collision was reported at 4:46 a.m. on South Jackson Avenue between Kammerer Avenue and East San Antonio Street, according to San Jose police.
Additional details about the crash were not immediately released by police Tuesday morning, other than disclosing that the motorist who hit the victim — identified only as a man — fled afterward.
The area surrounding the site was expected to be closed to traffic for much of Tuesday morning while police examine the scene.
According to police and data compiled by this news organization, the collision marked the city’s 35th traffic death of the year and the 21st to involve a pedestrian who died.
In all of 2021, San Jose recorded 23 pedestrian deaths. The city in 2022 continues to outpace the total of 60 traffic deaths from last year, which itself was a 25-year peak matched in 2015 and 2019.
The grim trajectory of roadway deaths in the first half of the year has drawn significant attention from city leaders and law enforcement, with proposals and plans to install countermeasures at the San Jose’s busiest and most dangerous thoroughfares. One of those initiatives was a pilot program that installed automated license plate readers at Monterey Road and Curtner Avenue.
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