A horrifying accident on 40th street at approximately 9:16 a.m claimed the life of a 61-year-old Elinor Carpenter of Oakland. A witness described the vehicle traveling westbound on 40th as “moving faster than she’d seen a car ever travel on a city street”. Bike East Bay advocate Robert Prinz noted that the driving conditions and narrow bike sharrows on the Oakland side of the border probably contributed to the unsafe driving conditions and unsafe bike/pedestrian intersection. “Traffic calming desperately needed!” he noted via Twitter.
— prinzrob (@prinzrob) June 6, 2015
The 2014 Hyundai reportedly clipped another vehicle prior to it crashing and in the witnesses words “then exploded”. The vehicle rolled several times according to one witness before striking the Oak Walk apartment complex. The building sustained minor damage to the facade and some structural damage. The victim was [pulled] from the car by firefighters but pronounced dead at the scene. A bus stop exists in the area of the crash but a confirmed report by the EPD noted that there was thankfully only the one driver fatality. 40th street kinks at the Adeline intersection so a fast-moving vehicle would have to swerve to realign. Some reports have indicated the driver may have suffered a medical emergency and detectives are awaiting toxicology and medical examiner’s reports from the Alameda County coroner’s bureau.
The family of Elinor Carpenter is looking for assistance with her funeral expenses through YouCaring.com
[This post has been updated to reflect the age, identity, make of the vehicle & other details.]
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