Pedestrian, 79, killed downtown

The red dot indicates the location of the fatal accident.

By the Daily Post staff

A 79-year-old Palo Alto woman died after a car hit her in downtown Palo Alto.

The woman, Pinxiang Zhou, was crossing Waverley Street in the crosswalk at the intersection of Lytton Avenue about 10:40 a.m. Thursday, when a westbound Honda Fit made a left turn to head southbound on Waverley and struck her, according to authorities.

Emergency crews responded and Zhou was taken to Stanford Hospital where she died a short time later, police said.

The driver of the car, an Oakland woman in her 30s, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. She was uninjured, police said.

Police provided information about the accident while Zhou was identified today by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Palo Alto police dispatch center at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to [email protected] or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.


  1. I feel sorry for BOTH the driver and the woman who was killed. The driver will have to live with this for the rest of her life. And while I don’t know more than what the story says, I know as a driver you have to constantly watch for pedestrians who will walk in front of traffic and the most unexpected time. Sad this happened.

  2. Sounds like the car and pedestrian both had green lights, car turned left and hit pedestrian in a *crosswalk*. Doesn’t sound like it was unexpected that the woman was where she was, sounds like the driver was not paying attention.

    Condolences to Pinxiang Zhou’s family and friends. 🙁

  3. Trample the weak, hurdle the death.
    That’s what it’s all about.
    And virtue signal by saying ‘sorry’ and make a charitable contribution, when it is convenient.

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