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Serious injuries after driver hits elderly couple at Berkeley crosswalk

A driver crashed into an elderly couple in a Berkeley crosswalk, causing serious injuries, July 9, 2022. Credit: Emilie Raguso

An older married couple were rushed to Highland Hospital with serious injuries on Saturday night after a driver passed them in a crosswalk just outside the Berkeley Police Department, authorities report .

The collision took place shortly before 10 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Addison Street.

Police say the driver, a 78-year-old Emeryville woman, was traveling south on MLK in a white Toyota Corolla when she encountered the couple as they drove west through Addison.

The woman, 74, and the man, 76, suffered head injuries when they were struck, police said.

The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation, police said. There were no immediate signs of intoxication.

A driver hit an elderly couple in a Berkeley crosswalk, causing serious injuries, July 9, 2022. Credit: Emilie Raguso

Police called the department’s fatal accident investigation team to handle the case.

The BPD closed MLK from University Avenue to Center Street and diverted AC Transit buses pending the investigation.

BPD expected the intersection to remain closed for several hours.