Pedestrian Killed by Fleeing Driver in Berkeley Was Transient Woman

The driver was fleeing from police when they drove up on a sidewalk and hit the pedestrian, police said

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A pedestrian who was struck on a sidewalk and killed by a driver who was fleeing from police in Berkeley on Monday morning was a 58-year-old transient woman, police said on Tuesday.

However, the Alameda County coroner's office isn't yet releasing the woman's name because her next of kin haven't yet been notified.

At about 10:30 a.m. on Monday a University of California at Berkeley police officer was driving on Sixth Street when he saw a gray Nissan four-door sedan parked along the curb line and heard a woman inside the vehicle screaming for help, Berkeley police spokesman Officer Byron White said.

Authorities are searching for a driver who struck and killed a pedestrian while fleeing from police in Berkeley Monday morning. Sonja Shin reports.

As the officer approached the Nissan, the driver sped away and ended up on University Avenue west of Sixth Street, where it hit and killed a female pedestrian on the sidewalk, according to White.

The Nissan continued fleeing onto Interstate Highway 80 and is still at large, White said on Tuesday.

Investigators are hoping anyone with information about the case or surveillance footage from nearby homes or businesses can help lead to the arrest of the driver. Anyone with information is asked to call the Berkeley police homicide unit at (510) 981-5741.

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