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Archived News Release from 2004

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Police Offering Reward for Information on Driver in Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident on Woodside Road; Pedestrian Safety Campaign to Begin

Redwood City, CA - December 9 , 2004 - Redwood City Police Department investigators are continuing to follow-up leads concerning the identity of a hit-and-run driver responsible for a pedestrian fatality that took place on December 6, 2004 on Woodside Road. The police department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of the driver of a dark-colored SUV (sport utility vehicle) with front-end damage, which left the scene of the 8:04 pm fatal collision.

Anyone with information concerning the identity of the driver involved in the December 6 accident should contact Detective Eric Stasiak at 650-780-7141. This is the third pedestrian fatality on Woodside Road in 2004. Additionally, two pedestrian fatalities have occurred only blocks away from Woodside Road during the same period.

To help reduce pedestrian fatalities and injuries, the police department has initiated a City-wide public information campaign to help educate the community about safe practices for pedestrians. Police officers will be distributing safety information to residences and businesses while at the same time increasing traffic enforcement efforts.

Earlier this year the police department successfully applied for a State grant to buy a portable message board to be used primarily for speed control and other traffic hazards on streets that need additional traffic enforcement. The department anticipates receiving the message board in early 2005 and will immediately begin using it to impart traffic, speed, and pedestrian safety information. The City’s goal is zero pedestrian fatalities for 2005. Traffic safety questions should be directed to Sergeant Dan Mulholland, 650-780-7614.

Tragically, approximately 6,000 pedestrians are killed each year throughout the United States. Redwood City urges motorists to obey all traffic laws and be watchful for pedestrians. Further, pedestrians should always follow these safe practices:

  • Cross only when it is safe and always use crosswalks
  • Look to the left, the right, then left again before crossing
  • Use crosswalk signals…wait for the WALK signal
  • When using crosswalks, continue to watch for oncoming traffic
  • See and be seen…wear bright-colored clothing
  • Allow plenty of time to cross streets
  • If walking at night, carry a flashlight
  • Never insist on the right-of-way when crossing a street

Visit Redwood City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

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Contact:
Detective Eric Stasiak
Redwood City Police Department
(650) 780-7141

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