Police continue to search for a driver who fled the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident. George Kiriyama reports.
Police continue to search for a driver of a silver Mercedes who fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident that killed two women Monday morning in San Jose.
The women, identified as Carmen Zavala, 62, and Christina Castro, also in her 60s, were killed at North First Street and Skyport Drive near Casino M8trix about 3:20 a.m. The women were on their way to work at Mineta San Jose International Airport.
One died at the scene, according to Sgt. Heather Randol, and the other died at a hospital. Police said the women were making a left turn at the intersection, and the driver of a car later described as a Mercedes ran away.
California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Falkowski told NBC Bay Area that officers had attempted to pull that same driver over seconds before the fatal crash because they spotted that person swerving on northbound U.S. Highway 101. However, Falkowski said that when the patrol car pulled the Mercedes over to the side and the driver bolted, officers chose not to pursue the getaway car for safety reasons.
Family and friends gathered later in the day at the crash site for a vigil.
Antonio Zavala told NBC Bay Area his wife and her friend were headed to work as caterers working at SJC.
"I just feel a lot of pain," he said. "A lot of pain that she left."
Zavala - who was obviously heartbroken - wondered who would leave the scene of an accident where people were obviously hurt.
At the scene, two crumpled cars, including the Toyota the women were driving, were being investigated by officers before the sun came up.
Mark Borbeck, a security guard working nearby, said he saw paramedics performing CPR on one of the victims amd heard a "big bang" before the crash.
He also said that this particular intersection sees a lot of speeding cars.
"It's a common problem," he said. "There's a lot of speeding, accidents and tragedies, unfortunately."