Three People Including School Board Member Hurt in Two Accidents in Berkeley


Three pedestrians have been seriously injured after being struck by vehicles in two separate incidents, Berkeley police said.

Two women were critically injured shortly after midnight early Saturday morning when they were struck by a car as they crossed Martin Luther King Jr. Way near the corner of Stuart Street in South Berkeley near their home.

Police wouldn't confirm the names of those victims, but a Berkeley Unified School District statement Saturday said school board President Judy Appel, 53, and her wife Alison Bernstein, 54, an attorney, were the ones injured.

"We are in the process of obtaining more information about their conditions," Berkeley schools Superintendent Donald Evans said. "We will be offering whatever support and assistance we can to the Appel-Bernstein family and invite the community to join with us in hopes and prayers for their recovery.

Both women remained in a local hospital.

The driver of the car that struck the two women, an 81-year-old Berkeley resident, stopped at the scene and is cooperating with police.

A 69-year-old Berkeley woman was seriously injured when she was hit by a vehicle about 6:45 p.m. Friday as she crossed Sacramento Street at Lincoln Street in North Berkeley. The woman was taken to a local hospital, where police said she was listed in serious condition Saturday.

The driver of that vehicle, a 69-year-old Piedmont man, was also cooperating with police investigators, officers said.

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